Vineyards

Ros and John became part ownersin 2011 of the Barwite Vineyards, planted to pinot noir, chardonnay, riesling, pinot gris and shiraz. Ros inherited the Dead Man's Hill Vineyard in 2009; at five hundred metres above sea level, the DMH vineyard is planted solely to gewürztraminer.

Ros Ritchie Wines also secures high quality white and red varieties from several growers of a like mindset in the region, who produce fruit from low cropping vines, with smaller, more open canopies and minimal requirement for water and with well balanced fruit at optimum flavour and ripeness.

These small vineyards are tended by the growers themselves, with minimal or no herbicide and fungicide use, and ongoing consultation with Ros concerning husbandry, production methods and harvest.

 

Barwite

Barwite Vineyards, fifteen minutes east of Mansfield on northeast facing slopes leading down to the Broken River, has provided the fruit for the riesling and late-harvested riesling. Harvested at a degree of ripeness to continue the fine character and style of our riesling, the fruit is carefully hand-picked to select the best fruit from the block. 

Barwite Vineyards now also provides the fruit for chardonnay and pinot grigio.

Baxendale

Ruth and Jim Baxendale’s vineyard is one of the coolest sites in the country due to the altitude at 868 meters above sea level. Most of the Whitlands High Plateau consists of Cambrian era loam – a free draining, relatively fertile red/brown soil. 

Since 2009, the cabernet sauvignon, sauvignon blanc and chardonnay has been grown entirely without irrigation, producing lower crops with increased intensity of flavour, which shows through in the wines made from their fruit.

Black Range

The Black Range vineyard, which grows ona north-westerly slope at Limestone near Yea in the Murrindindi region, is planted to both shiraz and pinot gris and provides the shiraz fruit for our wine; it is harvested at optimum flavour and ripeness and brought to Barwite for vinification.

The wine made has rich and mature fruit flavours, fine tannins and French oak characters.

Dead Man's Hill

In February 2009, Ros Ritchie inherited the highly regarded Dead Man’s Hill vineyard, originally included in the vineyards providing Delatite Winery with gewürztraminer.

Planted wholly to this variety by Robert Ritchie (Ros’ father) in 1975, the vineyard has deep soils and the vines were established without supplementary water. Ros has restored the vineyard to beingdryland grown and the vines produce small canopies with small-berried and intensely aromatic and flavoursome fruit.

Kainui

Malcolm and Susan Kinloch of Kainui on Waiere Rd, Booroolite concentrated on producing the classic champagne varieties - chardonnay, pinot meunier and pinot noir. A small vineyard, it is tended lovingly by the new owners Gavan and Sally Spring, producing small berried fruit with concentrated flavours.

All three are picked in specific proportions, and produce delicious and full flavoured, yet elegant base wines, which are then bottle fermented at Cofield's Wines.

McFadden's

Brad and Janine McFadden are the new owners of an established vineyard of only 3 acres, planted to pinot gris, at the base of the hills just west of the great Dividing Range at Chapel Hill in Booroolite, twenty minutes southeast of Mansfield.

Using organic principles of vine husbandry, the vineyard generally produce low crops, withconcentrated and intense fruit characters and round texture, firm structure and good acidity.

Sandy Creek

The tempranillo grapes are nurturedby Ross and Jenny Cleelandon a one-acre vineyard, plantedat Sandy Creek at Barjarg, just north of Mansfield.

Interestingly, the vines were transplanted from the Cowan's vineyard at Lima South in 2015 and only took one year to start producing fruit again.

The low-cropping vines produce fruit typical of the variety, with warm autumn fruit flavours and fine tannins.

Timbertop

The Timbertop vineyard, planted on a high, north facing slope east of Mansfield, in the lee of Mount Buller and Mt Timbertop, is the source of our nebbiolo, eight vintages to date, which has very firm structure, fine acidity and savoury characters of tobacco leaf and spice, . 

It is also the home of the merlot, which hasgreat concentration of berry flavours and velvety tannins.