The Vineyards

"Wine is sunlight, held together by water" - Louis Pasteur.
 

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Vines have been distributed between two properties in Orange according to their viticultural characteristics. Varieties which are harvested later are planted at Ynys Witrin, which is slightly lower in altitude and thus slightly warmer, allowing more ripeness to be achieved. This is an important consideration when harvest is sometimes not completed until mid-May, at the on-set of winter. Earlier varieties and those which can handle cooler conditions are planted at Brangayne.

 



Brangayne

Location

The Brangayne vineyard is situated 9 kilometres south-west of Orange, on Pinnacle Road, on the Eastern slopes of Mount Canobolas.

Size 20 ha, with 13.5 ha planted to vines                                    

Grapes Chardonnay, Sauvignon Blanc, Pinot Noir and Pinot Meunier

Altitude & Aspect
The elevation of the Brangayne ranges from 960 to 1,000 metres above sea level with the Sauvignon Blanc grown on the highest land. The aspect is northerly with the slopes providing good air drainage and frost protection.

Soil
Soils are deep and young - principally tertiary volcanic. The topsoil is a red/brown loam with good drainage and depth, over red clay. The underlying rock is basalt.

Climate
Brangayne is protected from wind by 100 year old radiata pine trees and temperatures are noticeably cooler than those at Ynys Witrin. A typical summer's day at Brangayne would be 25°C or less while winter maximum temperatures are typically less than 10°C with snow being not unusual. The average rainfall annually is approximately 925mm.

Ynys Witrin

Location

The Ynys Witrin vineyard is situated 6 kilometres west-northwest of Orange NSW, on Old Forbes Road.

Size 16 ha, with 12 ha planted to vines

Grapes Cabernet Sauvignon, Shiraz, Merlot, Pinot Noir, Pinot Gris and Riesling

Altitude & Aspect
The elevation of Ynys Witrin ranges from 860 to 880 metres above sea level with the Pinot Noir and Shiraz grown on the highest land. The aspect is east to south-east. 

Climate
Due to its lower elevation and closer proximity to the western edge of the tablelands, Ynys Witrin is much more open than Brangayne and warmer, with temperatures in summer averaging 27°C (vs Brangayne 25°C).

The average annual rainfall is approximately 850mm.

The mild days and cool nights allow Brangayne and Ynys Witrin to produce fruit that retains a higher level of acid and thus greater complexity of flavour. Colours of red fruit are deep and intense whilst the white fruit produces very pale wines.

Soil
The soil of Ynys Witrin is principally a red-brown loam, with good drainage and topsoil depth, although less deep than those at Brangayne. The underlying rock is basalt.


Harvest

We harvest at optimum ripeness and flavour, when the sugar levels in the fruit are at their best balance with acid, and when flavours are at their peak. We use our own harvester and have our own harvest team who are committed to achieve the outcomes we are working towards.

Harvest for the white grapes occurs at night when the temperatures are coolest, to prevent oxidation of the fruit. The grapes are delivered to the winery at dawn for immediate crushing. The red grapes are often harvested in the daytime, as some warmth is necessary to allow certain winemaking practices in some varieties (such as Pinot Noir) to be undertaken. By the time we harvest our later reds, the days are so cool that oxidation of the fruit is no longer a threat. Again thefruit is trucked immediately to the winery.

We commence harvest with the Chardonnay and Sauvignon Blanc in approximately mid-March and end our harvest with the Cabernet in late April to early May. This makes us one of the later harvesting regions in Australia with harvest followed almost immediately by leaf fall and the onset of winter.

 

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