From 1 acre of Savagnin grapes planted in our red clay soils at Red Hill. Originally planted as Albariño, it was eventually identified, via DNA testing, to be Savagnin – seemingly, a clerical error had caused the initial confusion upon its importation into Australia. Savagnin is today best known as the signature grape of Jura in eastern France. It appears that our version of the variety is sourced from Spanish cuttings. In any event, we have taken the fruit and developed a style that we think best suits its new home in Red Hill.
Simon Black, WinemakerThe parent material of this vineyard is tertiary basalt from 20-40 million years ago, which gives rise to a red/brown ferrosol soil high in iron and magnesium. Fragmented weathered rocks rich in iron, appear at the surface on sections of the north-facing block. This geology is unique to the area and is what gives Red Hill its name.