Ros Ritchie Wines 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, to produce well balanced fruit with optimum flavor 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.
Ros inherited Dead Man's Hill Vineyard in 2009. 500 metres above sea level, this vineyard is planted solely to Gewürztraminer.
Ripened at Barwite
Barwite Vineyards, ten minutes east of Mansfield, 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 was carefully hand-picked to select the best fruit from the block.
Barwite Vineyards now also provides the fruit for the chardonnay and pinot noir rose.
Naturally watered at Baxendale
Ruth and Jim Baxendale’s vineyard is a high altitude vineyard located at the top of the Whitlands High Plateau– a sub region of the King Valley.
This vineyard is one of the coolest sites in the country due to the altitude at 868 meters above sea level. Most of the Whitlands Plateau consists of Cambrian era loam – a free draining, relatively fertile red/brown soil.
Since 2009, the cabernet sauvignon and sauvignon blanc has been grown entirely without irrigation, producing lower crops with increased intensity of flavour, which shows through in both the wines made from their fruit.
Harvested on Cowan's
Judy and Roger Cowan’s Mt Samaria vineyard – a north-westerly slope near Lima South in the Broken River valley, 20 minutes north of Mansfield – provides the shiraz fruit which is harvested at optimum flavour and ripeness.
The wine made is rich with mature fruit flavours and fine tannins.
Dry grown on 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 grapes. Planted wholly to gewürztraminer by Robert Ritchie (Ros’ father) in 1975, the vineyard has deep soils and the vines now grow without supplementary water, producing small canopies with small-berried, intensely aromatic fruit.
Cultured at Kainui
Malcolm and Susan Kinloch of Kainui on Waiere Rd, Booroolite have from the beginning concentrated on producing the classic champagne varieties - chardonnay, pinot meunier and pinot noir.
A portion of all three are picked to produce delicious, full flavoured, yet elegant base wines in our winery, which are then bottle fermented and disgorged at Cofield's winery.
Nurtured on McFadden's
Brad and Janine McFadden are the new owners of an established vineyard at Chapel Hill, southeast of Mansfield.
Their vines have produced concentrated, low cropping pinot gris fruit (using organic principles of vine husbandry), with both fruit intensity and firm structure.
Grown at Sandy Creek
Our Tempranillo grapes are nurtured on low-cropping vines at Sandy Creek vineyard at Lima South. The vines produce fruit with full-flavour and fine tannins.
Grown high on Timbertop
The Timbertop vineyard, owned and run by Geelong Grammar School, is the source of our nebbiolo, producing five vintages to date. The low cropping fruit grown here has very firm structure, fine acidity and savoury, earthy, spice characters.
It is also the home of our merlot, producing three vintages with the first one a new release for 2017. The vines produce a wine with great concentration of flavour and velvety tannins.
Planted on a high, north facing slope east of Mansfield, in the lee of Mount Buller and Mt Timbertop, the fruit ripens slowly and is usually harvested late April - early May