Birrarung Winery Estate
Situated on the edge of Christmas Hills / Bend of Islands, overlooking the Yarra Valley. It is a unique site, a 'hidden' valley, through which the Yarra River flows.
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Practices & Techniques
A low to medium vigour site suited to vertical shoot trellis system and the production of quality Pinot Noir and Chardonnay fruit. The soil is Red Shale of the ridge country blended with the favoured grey soils of the river valley. Starting at first planting the vineyard has been managed with a view to gaining Organic Grower accreditation. Sustainable agricultural practice has been the focus of this operation.
Vintage 2005 is much the same as 2003, however the 2005 vintage is showing far more intense fruit flavours and a greater depth of colour. This is mainly due to further development of organic viticulture practices continually enhancing the soil conditions, lower cropping levels and a later harvest, associated with warmer climate conditions.
The current vintage is in the care of Terry Barnett of Master Winemakers, and is showing all the hallmarks of a great cool climate wine that is developing individual characteristics associated with the site. It is not expected to be released until late 2006 and is quite possibly going to be our best vintage yet, so stay tuned.
Estate Vineyards / AVA
Located 45 kilometers east of Melbourne's CBD, (See Map) this cool climate region has a 140 year history of producing premium quality wine. The Yarra Valley, with its favoured grey soils and a climate cooler than Bordeaux France and considerably cooler than the Australian Coonawarra region, is recognised for producing some of Australia's finest Pinot Noir and quality Chardonnay.
In 1842, the area overlooking Yarra Glen became occupied for grazing at a rise which later became known as Christmas Hill.
The area was frequented by local wood cutters and in 1884 a primary school was built, three years later the
district's population was boosted by a temporary workforce employed on building an aqueduct from the Watts River weir to Preston reservoir.
In 1972 several farms in Christmas Hills were served land-acquisition notices for water storage on the Sugarloaf Creek, in 1980, the Sugarloaf Reservoir was completed and has also become a recreational and boating site.