Peregrine Ridge was named Producer of the Week in the Macedon Ranges Guardian in the lead up to Christmas.
The article explored, amongst other things, how our site helps us to produce Shiraz of great depth of flavour. In summary, there are three key reasons – aspect, elevation and soil.
The high easterly aspect of our site maximises exposure to early morning sun and minimises exposure to the baking sun of the late afternoon in the summer months. This means that our fruit ripens slowly and develops deep, complex flavours with high levels of natural acidity, as opposed to quick ripening fruit which tends to lose acid or lack flavour complexity. It also means that our fruit is not ‘cooked’ on the vine during the hot summer days and so it does not develop the jammy characteristics often associated with warm climate fruit. Our fruit retains high levels of natural acidity and a crispness often associated with cool climate wines. This fruit structure is a key element of our wine making and enables us to produce wines of great finesse.
Our soil is over six metres deep and formed from rock from the cambrian era. These soils are free draining but have very good moisture holding capability. They are also full of many of the minerals required for healthy vine growth, the main mineral deficiency being potassium, which is adjusted for – ideally prior to planting.
So what does this mean?
Free draining soil means that the rain can penetrate deep into the soil profie rather than pooling on top or running away, like rain on sand. So, the rain soaks into the soil and the moisture is retained through the soil profile, making the moisture readily available for our deep rooted vines to access. Because our soil is so deep, our wines are able to form tremendously long root systems and the deep soil acts like a large moisture harbor for our vines roots to tap into. This minimises water usage without compromising fruit quality and contributes to our philosophy of sustainable agriculture.
So, our vines grown high on the Mt Camel range are planted in some of the best soil for growing plants in Australia. The trick is to work the vines hard but not over stress them! To view the full article as it appeared in the Macedon Ranges Guardian, click here.