The vineyard, only the second on Hindmarsh Island, is located approximately 15 kms over the bridge and down the main road, almost to the end of the island.
Purchased and planted also in 2001 after lengthy developmental approval, the vineyard is currently 18 acres with the varieties Cabernet Sauvignon, Chardonnay & Viognier, and is only one of two approved vineyards on the Island and since 2007, the largest producing. Soil types are mixed and varied with the majority being sandy loam and clay. The property is 80 acres in total, previously cattle farming.
Shiraz is originally sourced from Angus Vineyards, the first ever vineyard to be established on Hindmarsh Island. That vineyard no longer exists, however, we managed to successfully graft some cuttings to ensure the gene pool lives on.
Our Sauvignon Blanc from the Adelaide Hills.
With strong winds from the Coorong knocking at our back door, vine establishment and development were initially compromised until a shade cloth trellising system was implemented. First crop production was in 2004, with Mr Percival 2004 Cabernet Sauvignon being the inaugural vintage.
Base vine trellis system for Cabernet & Chardonnay is a simple two wire vertical, with drip line irrigation. The Viognier is presently grown as a bush vine. All vines are currently dry grown, due to the high saline content of the Murray River and the Clayton Lakes, and we sincerely hope to maintain and sustain the quality of the grapes and wine along with vine growth for as long as possible given the plight of Murray irrigators.