The House Block
The House Block is an irregular parcel located in close proximity to the winery and cellar door. The aspect is slightly south-east with an elevation of 30 – 40 m above sea level, rows run north south. The soil consists of an organic layer of fertile black sandy soil with a bleached subsurface over cemented sands (coffee rock).
The House Block was planted in 1998 and consists of Pinot Noir (MV6), Chardonnay (I10V1 & I10V5), Riesling and Merlot. The original planting also comprised Cabernet Sauvignon, however it was decided after the 2012 vintage to remove the Cabernet Sauvignon. The Cabernet Sauvignon vines were healthy and well established with deep root systems. Our decision was to graft over the existing vines rather than remove the crop. A new scion was grafted over the existing rootstock. The 2012 planting include Chardonnay (Penfolds 58 & Mendoza) and Pinot Noir (MV6). In 2014 fruit from the new plantings was incorporated in the Chardonnay and Pinot Noir blends.
The perimeter of the House Block is shielded by native and olive trees. These trees assist in controlling excessive wind to the vines and the olives are harvested to produce Bass River olive oil.