Mongrel Hill Vineyards
Located in the heart of Adelaide, South Australia.
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Practices & Techniques
A great effort is to keep the vines free from disease, have the correct amount of nutrients and the relationship between all elements, for example soil moisture and canopy, are in balance.
Essentially dry grown:
Vines need to have sufficient moisture to grow and ripen the fruit to its optimum so some moisture is applied if the season is extremely dry. The timing is critical and is generally after verasion.
Minimal (Zero) use of insecticides:
The use of birds, natural predators like lady birds, and some biological control agents are used to control insect numbers. Chemical insecticides have an adverse effect on these natural predators which will reduce their effectiveness and the system is in balance without the need for these.
Minimal (Zero) cultivation:
A permanent volunteer grass sward is maintained. It is slashed at certain times of the year to return vegetable matter into the top soil. This acts as a mulch layer which improves moisture retention and builds the natural biota like worms. The vines root system have a better spread thoughout the soil profile and helps the vine to withstand dry spells without extreme stress.
To produce the best wines from this terroir there are many operations that must be done by hand. For example pruning, picking, canopy management and so on. Modern technology has made considerable improvements in the quality of wines and the understanding of how the vine works but at the end of the day it is still the time honoured method of tending by hand that produces the best wines.
Estate Vineyards / AVA
Latitude 35 degrees 9 minutes 12.21 seconds South
Longitude 138 degrees 32 minutes 46.39 seconds East
Total area planted : 5 Ha
Altitude 140 m at the bottom of property, 180m at the top and a hill side facing north.
The soil is predominatly Red brown clay loam over red brown clay subsoil over siltstone. There are also patches of red brown clay loam over limestone.