The Adelaide Hills are blessed with a unique climate. South Australia’s vineyards occupy prime position when it comes to great wine grape potential. The comparatively higher altitude delivers the perfect recipe – long, slow-ripening days, and ideal chilly nights to protect the distinct flavour of each variety. The twisting hills, numerous steep slopes and deep valleys provide a variety of different microclimates within the region which allow complex layered wines to be produced.
Choosing the right clone
Simon's experience has taught him that using the right clone is an important step in producing outstanding fine wine. The clones used in making his wines, demonstrate true varietal character, with purity of flavour.
R6WV28 is a lower yielding, earlier ripening clone with open clusters unlike many other Syrah clones. The original selection came from Chateau Tahbilk in 1860 and is believed to be the original Syrah clone in Australia.
This is from the same family vineyard in Woodside and made from fruit off Bernard 95, which is one of the most popular Chardonnay clones in Australia, originating from the Côte-d'Or. Bernard 95 has moderate yields, looser bunches producing aromatic wines with complexity and structure, with balance and length.
F4V6 is one of the most highly rated Sauvignon Blanc clones and was first registered in Australia in 1975. The original selection was from Chateau d'Yquem in France in the 1880's via Wente Vinyards, California, in 1958. This clone has moderate yields, bunch size, berry size and bunch compactness. This clone produces pronounced aromatic and tropical varietal character.