The prized old blocks of vines were planted in 1988. The total area under vine now comprises 10 hectares.
The vines are hand tended, with careful pruning, minimal irrigation (or none with the Cabernet Sauvignon), and fully netted to keep fruit in pristine condition. All fruit is handpicked.
The organic approach is not without its challenges. The Dacron bands placed on the trunks are an environmentally friendly and effective barrier to attack by weevils and other pests. No pesticides are used. This, and the application of organic mulches and compost teas, has retained structure and biodiversity of the soils, making them vibrant and fertile.
George believes this is critical to allowing the site to express its special terroir and character.
Green manure inter-row crops are grown and slashed to further build soil organic content and moisture retentivity.
More recent plantings of Burgundian clones of Chardonnay, Petit Verdo and Marlborough clones of Sauvignon Blanc, will in time produce exciting blending options or perhaps new wines.