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OUR ESTATE

We are situated in the middle of the Steels Creek Valley, a small valley – 9km along the Yarra Valley floor. The soil comprises ancient mountain-derived light grey loams over clay. Sitting at approximately 100m above sea level, our gently sloping hills are warmer on average than other parts of the Yarra Valley.

 

SUB-REGIONS

We support the efforts of small-scale grape growers and collaborate with them to source the fruit for our Pet-Nat. From these sub-regions within the Yarra Valley we source our Chardonnay, Viognier, Sauvignon Blanc and Shiraz to produce a naturally sparkling wine and in suitable years, it is also a large component of our Appassimento, Vin Santo style wine, White Pearl. These stand comfortably along side our estate wines.

Although the Yarra Valley has generic variety characteristics, noticeable differences in varietal wines from sub-regions is apparent. The citrus character in Chardonnay for example is a case in point, varying throughout the Valley. Also, our Cabernet Franc, although the same clone as others grow, seems to have a differing flavour matrix.

 

THE YARRA VALLEY 

SOIL

The topography of the Yarra Valley varies enormously and so the region encompasses a wide range of soil types.

 The soils in the middle section of the Yarra Valley are ancient, mountain-derived sandy clay loams interspersed with broken sandstone.

The other soil type is much younger in origin and is a highly friable, brilliantly coloured red volcanic soil found in both the Upper and Lower Yarra Valley.

 

CLIMATE
The Yarra Valley is cool in relation to the rest of Australia's viticultural regions. The region is cooler than Bordeaux but warmer than Burgundy. Elevation varies from 50m – 400m.

Rainfall is winter/spring dominant, with the summer relatively cool, dry and humid. There is limited maritime influence. The small diurnal temperature range reflects the proximity of the sea.

Harvest typically commences in early March with Pinot Noir and finishes with Cabernet Sauvignon in early May. These dates correspond to September and November respectively in the northern hemisphere. Frost is rarely a problem, but can affect the lower vineyards on the valley floor from time to time.

With a seven month growing season, rainfall of between 750-950mm (often less rather than more) and restricted water holding capacity in some soils, irrigation is considered essential - although the extent of its use does vary significantly between producers.

VISIT THE YARRA VALLEY 
For information about when to visit, what to see and where to stay visit: www.visityarravalley.com.au
For information about wineries and winemakers in the Yarra Valley, visit: www.wineyarravalley.com.au

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