We start with one of the slowest ripening sites in the Adelaide Hills

Sitting at 350 meters in Forreston Valley Lansdowne Vineyard experiences a Mediterranean climate with cold wet winters, warm dry summers and endless autumns. Its day-night temperature range is due to early sunsets and cool air pooled in the valley at night – a combination key to creating flavour complexity by slowing down the ripening process. We’ve been tending to the vineyard since 2002 and continuously work with new varieties and practices to understand more about the terroir. 

Location
Forreston Valley, Adelaide Hills

Altitude
350 metres

Aspect
North-west to south

Rainfall 
800mm annually

Soil
Black, self-mulching river silt, through to free-draining red-brown loams

Area under vine
46 acres

Vine training
Vertical shoot positioning

Vine density
Close planting of up to 4,000 vines per hectare

Yield management 
10,000 buds per hectare, then bunch thinning

Harvest
Whites, mid/late March
Reds, mid/late April

Vigneron
Brendan Cameron

Winemaker
Peter Leske