The Mewstone Vineyard lies on the banks of the D’Entrecasteaux Channel in the farmland of Flowerpot. The gently north facing slopes capture the cool southern sunshine to produce premium wine making grapes. The vineyard is protected from the harsh prevailing westerly winds by the hills that rise quickly from the water. The soils are predominantly duplex soils formed on Jurassic dolerite. This consists of loam textured topsoil over a sandy loam horizon on clay subsoil.
The vineyard is hand pruned and the fruit hand picked with the help of family and friends. We manage the vineyard from the ground up. The extra effort put into ensuring a vibrant ecosystem below the ground translates into quality fruit on the vines above. Through extensive use of mulches, composts and compost teas we have been able to continually improve our soils. We think you can taste the difference.
The first two hectares were planted with a focus primarily on Pinot Noir. The other varieties were Chardonnay, Riesling and Syrah. The vines were planted to 1.8m wide rows with vine spacings of 1.2m, giving us 4630 vines per hectare. We have a canopy height of 1.1 meters to capture as much sunshine as possible.
More recently we have planted another 1.6 hectares consisting of Pinot Noir, Chardonnay and Riesling.
Originally 1.1 hectares was planted across two blocks. The Top and Bottom blocks have a section of clonal planting and a mixed planting. Pommard and Bernard 115 each account for 27%, Bernard 777 and MV6 for 18% and Bernard 114 for 10%.
Our new plantings over the past 3 years include Entav-Inra clones 667, 828 and 943 on rootstock and Abel clone on own roots for the first time.
A third of a hectare on the Top Block was planted with a section of clonal planting and a mixed planting. Bernard clones 96 and 277 each account for 29%, 95 for 24% and 76 for 18%.
A sixth of a hectare on the Wing Block was planted with four Riesling clones, two originating from Geisenheim (GM) and two from Neustadt (I10V). GM198 accounts for 45%, I10V15 for 25%, GM 239 for 20% and I10V14 for 10%.
Our new plantings increase our Riesling area to almost one third of a hectare. We have used equal amounts of GM198, GM239, I10V14 and GM110-18.
A third of a hectare on the Bottom Block was planted to R6WV28 clone Syrah, commonly referred to as the Old Tahbilk clone. It also has a wider vine spacing of 1.8m. We’re aiming to keep yields low to enable earlier ripening and ensure premium quality.