The land we love.
Our original vineyard – hailing from 1973, where it began with 8 hectares of vines dedicated to Cabernet Sauvignon, Shiraz, Merlot and Malbec. In the ‘80s and early ‘90s, we added to this sterling mix with Cabernet Franc and Petit Verdot. The Langhorne Creek patch was originally built around a Geneva Double Curtain trellis, which, although it has a great reputation for producing high-quality fruit, is a problem when it comes to mechanising.
So when we purchased some more land in 1993, it was time to work differently and we built the new vineyard instead around a Smart-Dyson trellis. And so the diversity of the grapes in this vineyard swelled, with plantings of Grenache, Riesling, Chenin Blanc, Viognier and Verdelho. The vineyard converted to organic in 1995 and is currently A-grade Certified Organic with NASAA.
Eden Valley starts out on the front foot, having the enviable reputation of producing some of the nation’s best cool climate wine. For over 100 years now, this region has offered up some of Australia’s finest Shiraz and Riesling.
We bought our vineyard here in 2011 and but its planting began in the early ‘80s with Riesling and Traminer. The next step on were plantings of Pinot Noir, Cabernet Sauvignon, Shiraz and Merlot over the next two decades.
Eden Valley comprises 26 hectares with the stars of its show being Pinot Noir, Riesling and Shiraz, with more modest offerings of Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot and Traminer. We are even cultivating a small block of top-worked Pinot Noir to create the often unsung hero Pinot Meunier, one of the three main varietals used to create Champagne. Eden Valley is currently A-grade Certified Organic with NASAA.
With its warm, continental climate ideal for the production of high-quality Rhone-style wines, the Riverland is known as the engine room of Australia’s wine industry. At Temple Bruer, we see the Riverland as a region for the future of wine style and production and a forward mirror for climate change.
We bought our Loxton vineyard in the middle of 2010. There are also 8 hectares of vines found here, with the oldest, Grenache and Mataro were planted shortly after World War II followed by a late ‘80s planting of Shiraz.
In the springtime of 2012, we top worked two cosy blocks to Cinsault and White Frontignac and planted small blocks of Montepulciano and Saperavi. Here, you’ll also find 1.2 hectares of Imperial mandarins. The Loxton vineyard is also currently A-grade Certified Organic with NASAA.
Our second Riverland property, purchased in 2015. This super pretty block overlooks Wachtels Lagoon between Kingston and Moorook. The established 10 hectares has Rhone varieties, Cabernet Sauvigonon, Cabernet Franc and Merlot. Some Malbec is being planted in 2018. The soils are thin (red sandy loam over limestone... dare we say Terra Rossa?) which with a low watering regime gives small crops. The vineyard was converted to organic in 2015 and is currently A-grade Certified Organic with NASAA.