The Squitchy Lane vineyard covers nearly seven hectares and is planted with Pinot Noir, Chardonnay, Sauvignon Blanc, Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc and Merlot. Clonal selection has provided diversity as you can see in the list below. These different clones ripen at slightly different times and allow us to pick each clone at the right time.
Pinot Noir—MV6 and 114.
Chardonnay—P58 and Dijon clone 95
Cabernet Sauvignon—SA125 clone.
Sauvignon Blanc—SA213 and H5V10
Cabernet Franc and Merlot—unknown (previously planted).
The vineyard soil is predominantly grey-brown sandy clay loam that derives from the ancient sandstones of the Great Dividing Range. In places, the mixed rock and clay subsoil can be seen—in the MV6 block of Pinot Noir for example.
These soils are not naturally fertile so our vines do not grow vigorously. The clay content in the soil provides a water-holding capacity that can be very useful in the dry years.