southern highlands location
The 4 Ha Pulpit Rock Estate vineyard was planted to Chardonnay
and Pinot Noir in 1998, on our 90Ha property in the Southern
Highlands district of New South Wales Australia. The vineyard is
located 150km south west of Sydney, at an elevation of over 700m,
and soils are shallow and of low-fertility, derived from the granitic Porphry bedrock.
The vineyard was established with the advice of renowned viticulturalist Dr Richard Smart, following his inspection of the site and his display of enthusiasm for the potential of the vineyard - to produce the very finest
cool-climate Pinot Noir and Chardonnay table wines.
The vineyard name "Pulpit Rock" is from the local name
for the impressive sandstone outcrop on the hill-top above the vineyard.
soil and layout
The soils are shallow low-yielding sandy loams over granitic porphyry bedrock which can be seen on the surface in some sections of the vineyard.
The vineyard is laid out with rows 3m apart and a vine spacing of 1.5m, and divided into three blocks.
The climate is described as "Cool-climate", having cool/cold winters -
occasional snow - and long, mild spring and autumn conditions with
cool nights, even in summer. Frosts are confined to mid-winter, due to
the wind exposure and excellent cold air drainage of the site. Rainfall
averages around 650mm per year.