The first soil profile makes up the western end of the vineyard. It is the product of years of sedimentation and weathering from wind and water depositing a top layer of grey siliceous, sandy loam down to a depth of around 50 centimetres, sitting over the top of a light brown clay loam.
The eastern soil profile is of a much heavier red clay, starting at a depth of about 15 centimetres, with fragments of beautiful pink granite bedrock scattered throughout.
Planted in the late 90s (the exact year we are uncertain of), the Mt Panorama Estate Vineyard is situated in the middle of the Iconic racing circuit on Mt Panorama Wahluu.
The site is around 2 hectares in area and is planted to 50% Cabernet Sauvignon, 25% Shiraz and 25% Chardonnay. It faces North East and sits at around 750m altitude over a fascinating combination of river rocks (due to Mt Panorama Wahluu’s historical hydrological system that contained many springs and creeks running down the mountain), basalt eroded from the volcanic cap of the mountain and granite from the Wambuul Valley floor.
We have been managing this vineyard since 2011 with a short hiatus as works were conducted there to decrease it’s size and remove unproductive vines during 2020 and 2021.
Our newest viticultural project. Situated quite a way upstream on the Wambuul from both the Mt Panorama Estate and Bella Luna Vineyards, Winooka Park is nestled in the hills of Gemalla that sit between the Eusdale Nature reserve and the Wambuul valley floor.
A picturesque and very cool location, this site is regularly one of the last to ripen in all of the Central Ranges and is where Sam currently calls home.
There are 2 vineyards on the property, one planted on an unknown date in the Early 90s to Traminer, Riesling, Gewurtztraminer and Cabernet Sauvignon is arguably the oldest Vineyard in the Bathurst, O’connell and Oberon area. We are currently nursing it back to life after some years of wildness. The second vineyard planted in the early 2000s to Cabernet Sauvignon and Shiraz is around 2 acres in size is an ongoing project and our warm year viticultural hedge.
The site is South facing, sits at around 800m and the soil is a Grey / Brown, granite derived sandy loam that has been formed by millions of years of erosion within the beautiful Wambuul Valley.