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Microclimates in the
GOOD GRAPES ARE THE RAW MATERIAL
THAT MAKE QUALITY WINE. GRAPEVINES
IN THE SOUTHERN HIGHLANDS ARE AN
AVERAGE OF 15 YEARS OLD AND AS A
RESULT, GRAPE GROWERS AND VIGNERONS
ARE BETTER ABLE TO ASCERTAIN WHERE
THE BEST SOILS AND MICROCLIMATES ARE
SITUATED IN THIS REGION...
NOT ONLY DOES this make for smarter vine planting and
vineyard management., but producers can estimate what
our yields (quantity of grapes) will be each year and begin
projecting for future harvests.
The Southern Highlands is recognised as a cool climate
wine-producing region and therefore grapes grown in the
area are suited to lower temperatures.
Thin-skinned grapes such as riesling, pinot gris and pinot
noir produce wines that show strong varietal characters and
maintain lively and crisp acids, balanced with delicate fruit.
A microclimate is the region directly around the vine, and
can have an influence on the quality of fruit produced.
Developing a vineyard requires exact knowledge of
the conditions around each vine row and how the soil,
prevailing weather and climate conditions will affect the
quality of the fruit each year.
Soils within the region differ from basalt, clay loam to
sandstone and each are different in their nature.
Various irrigation methods are required to ensure good
drainage, and each vineyard managed according to its needs.
Less fertile soils such as sandstone will produce lower yields
and high quality grapes, whereas vines on fertile basalt soils
are more prolific with higher yields.
Vines in the Highlands are planted to ensure the best aspect
for each vine. Reducing the onslaught of wind and frost and
attracting sunlight are the main concerns for grape-growers.
A north-facing slope is preferable, although east to west
facing rows allow the wind to pass between the vines and
reduces disease forming under moist leaves.
Low rainfall is preferred as it reduces the risk of disease
in the vineyard. Temperatures in the southern parts of the
Highlands are warmer and thicker-skinned grapes such as
shiraz are able to ripen successfully.
As you travel around the Southern Highlands tasting wines,
take note of the differences in styles and varieties chosen.
Our local producers are becoming more and more aware
of which grapes suit their soils and sites and you will have a
wonderful time enjoying the cornucopia of wines available in
this award-winning region.
SALLYS CORNER WINES: GOLD & TROPHIES
We have various wines however we specialise in Chardonnay &
Merlot. Our 2008 Chardonnay recently won 2 gold medals &
2 Trophies one of which was for best wine in the 2010 Southern Highlands
We are one of the smallest vineyards in the Highlands but already are one
of the most successful. We can truly be described as leading members of the
"punching above our weight" club. Although our modern cellar door has only
been open for about 6 months we have been surprised how quickly our
sales have increased. When you come you will get advice about matching
our wines with food, you can hear the story of the origin of the name of our
vineyard & get an appreciation of our Picasso theme labels.
COME & TRY THE BEST FIRST-YOU WILL BE GLAD YOU DID.
Cellar door open:10.30-5.00 Sat-Sun & public
holidays & other times by appointment.
SALLYS CORNER WINES
257 Sallys Corner Rd EXETER
Ph: 02 4883 4999
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