The estate vineyard comprises of approximately twelve hectares of vines – Riesling, Chardonnay, Pinot Noir, Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc, Merlot and Shiraz. In response to the changing market, the vineyard is now home to some newer planting’s including Gamey, Pinot Blanc and Malbec.
The Granite Hills plantings are the oldest in the Macedon Ranges region; their roots now well down into the old granitic sandy loam soils. It’s the good drainage and low fertility attributes of the soil at Granite Hills which is so beneficial to the balance of the vine, keeping the yields low and the quality of the grapes high. This ‘clean vineyard’ theme is also reinforced by the nature of the vineyard being very exposed to the prevailing winds – a factor which tends to lower humidity and therefore disease pressure as well as naturally limiting yields.
The ripening season at Granite Hills is long due to the southern latitude and altitude. This has the beneficial effect of allowing fruit characteristics to develop whilst still retaining good natural acidity. Vintage has continue into June for some varieties in the most marginal years.
Hand pruning followed by close attention to canopy management over the growing season maximizes sunlight interception and promotes more even bunch development and ripening. At harvest selective hand picking supports the philosophy that only the best grapes continue to the winery.
While its location places Granite Hills vineyard in a cool climate classification, careful management of the vines and moderation of grape yields, produce deceptively powerful and definitive varietal characters.