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Perfect soil, sun filled skies, premium grapes

 

We combine a wealth of scientific knowledge with decades of viticultural experience to produce grapes of distinct quality.

 

The quality of our grapes is the heart of our winemaking process as we share the philosophy that wine structure is determined well before harvest, in the developing berries.

 

The ideal soil structure at Six Gates vineyard consists of layers of loam over red clay, over well-decayed limestone. These provide ample water holding capacity and drainage. A gentle north-facing slope and the ideal Barossa climate create a niche in which the vines harvest the sun for optimum berry development.

 

Irrigation from rainwater reservoir is applied only by necessity. Berry size is controlled by deliberate water stress. The smaller the berries the richer are grapes in colour and flavors. We go to lengths deciding each watering cycle!

 

At harvest, our Shiraz and Cabernet fruits develop intense dark colours and ample fruit structure.

 

Our vineyard manager has brought the last generation’s skills to our operation. Weed control is minimal, keeping the soil biologically alive. There are 18,018 vines of elite clones in the vineyard and each is cared for manually at pruning.

 

Six Gates vineyard has been established on the basis of the latest viticultural knowledge applied to clonal selection, trellising, irrigation design and canopy structure. A summary is in the table below:

 

Patch Number

Variety
(Own-rooted)

Clone

Vine spacing

Row
spacing

Trellis/shoot positioning

1

Cabernet Sauvignon

G9V3

1.8 m

3.3 m

Single wire,

2

Cabernet Sauvignon

LC10

1.8 m

3.3 m

Smart Dayson,

3

Shiraz

Drycot

1.8 m

3.1 m

Single wire,

4

Shiraz

1654

1.8 m

3.1 m

Smart Dayson,

 

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