St Matthias Vineyard
Our north-east facing St. Matthias vineyard—named after the St Matthias Church (circa 1842) at Windermere—is situated on the west bank of the Tamar River, 15 kilometres north of Launceston in Rosevears, Tasmania at 41.3° south.
Our St. Matthias vineyard sits upon super-fertile, ancient volcanic soil. At its lowest point—10 metres above sea level—the St Matthias clay is generally deeper and siltier than Moorilla. A westerly rise of 115 metres leads to shallower clay loam soils and granite stone outcrops, with the total vineyard area measuring 15.5Ha.
As we move west up the slope we rise to a height of 115m, we find shallower clay loam soils and an ever increasing amount of granite stone and outcrops. Total area is 15.5Ha under vine.
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The meso-climate of this site is as variable as the soils. The combination of slope and water proximity provides excellent natural frost protection. The blocks located lower and closer to the river (where we have most of our Shiraz and Cabernet) typically ripen up to three weeks faster than the same varieties at the highest altitude. Facing east, on the west bank we get full sun that is tempered by near-constant cool breezes. Essentially, these are perfect conditions for producing a range of fruit-driven, acid-balanced wines.
These wines show more fruit flavours and aromas than our Derwent vineyard. They can be both racy and mineral, yet retain the vital, delicate, natural acidity that is the trademark of cool climate wines. As autumn progresses, we tend to see morning fogs with afternoon sun and breezes, creating the ideal environment for the growth of the noble rot, Botrytis. It gives us the flexibility to make intense sparkling and white wines, medium-full bodied reds and naturally sweetened dessert wines.