The vineyard itself is a very old Vineyard not only by Barossa standards but by international standing. Some of the Vines growing are almost 100 years old others 50/85 offering rugged gnarly shaped trunks weathered and full of character (If stories could be told)
Ben Chipman of Tomfoolery wines suggested Blair purchase the vineyard which lies alongside his vineyard of similar size. The intention from the outset was to build two wineries, one on each piece of land with the basis being to share the passion, winery equipment, storage etc. and make single vineyard wines of quality. Although previous vintages of lot 462 were made in the Barossa, this latest vintage was the first in these wineries and although short and sharp, a very successful vintage was had, the quality exceptional.
Back to the vineyard itself, Blair had acquired some very old Shiraz, Grenache and Mataro ,almost 100 years old, and along with that some 50 year Shiraz 14 year Chardonnay and grafted over half of the chardonnay to Cabernet Sauvignon.
The rareness of this terroir attracted Henschke to whom half of that Cabernet is sold for their Kyneton blend. They also are keen to purchase other varieties but it’s Blair’s intention is to retain the balance for lot 462 range. Having spent the previous years removing eutypa (dead arm) alternate row deep ripping, fertilising, trellis work, shoot training etc to have those years swallow the money and return little. 2015 promises to be very pleasant change.