These vineyards are spread amongst an extra 70 hectares of creeks, native vegetation and nature corridors.
Grenache, Shiraz, Mataro, Cinsault, and Carignan are the stalwart red varieties; Roussanne and Viognier are the major whites.
Future plantings of Terret noir, Vaccarèse, Counoise, Muscardin, and Piquepoul noir will complete the red ledger; Bourboulenc, Clairette and Picpoul blanc will fill out the white side.
While Grenache is at home in the southern Rhone, it is also widely planted in other parts of the coastal Mediterranean. As we have had so much success with this variety trial plantings of other coastal
Mediterranean varieties, like Temparanillo and Graciano, are also underway.
“These old Mediterranean red varieties evolved as bush vines”, manager and chief winemaker Peter Fraser says. “We see no reason to force them up a modern trellis. The yields would be too high for us, and the wines would lack the intensity we get.