Unique Vineyards

Our Unique Vineyards

Our unique vineyards

Consistent differences in grape and wine qualities within regions, among vineyards within districts, and even among parts of vineyards, are widely accepted regardless of management, and are ascribed to local differences in climate and to the subtleties of topography and soil.

Sons of Eden sources fruit from 30 unique vineyard sites across the Barossa’s 1000 km2 land mass enabling it to produce wines with individual personalities.

The gems within the vineyard collection are:

Batten

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Eden Valley (sub region Flaxmans Valley)
Shiraz
420m
600mm
Deep sandy loam over granite
Easterly
Region: Eden Valley (sub region Flaxmans Valley)
Varieties: Shiraz
Altitude: 420m
Rainfall: 600mm
Soil type: Deep sandy loam over granite
Aspect: Easterly

This vineyard is situated between the townships of Angaston and Eden Valley in a sub-region locally known as Flaxman Valley.

This area of Eden Valley produces very complex Shiraz wines that display hallmark characteristics unique to cool climate Shiraz.

The soils are typical deep grey sandy loams of low pH and low fertility, that assist in limiting the naturally vigorous growing Shiraz variety.

This vineyard is in excess of 50 years old, producing miniscule yields. Eden Valley is a very difficult region for vignerons to make returns with such low yielding vineyard, combine this with the scarcity of water has seen many vineyards uprooted. Fortunately for those vignerons that persevere the fruit quality can be outstanding. This vineyard produces outstanding Shiraz for our Remus wine.

Roesler

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Eden Valley sub-region Central Eden Valley
Shiraz & Riesling
430m
630mm
Grey sandy loam over yellow clay and ganite
Easterly
Region: Eden Valley sub-region Central Eden Valley
Varieties: Shiraz & Riesling
Altitude: 430m
Rainfall: 630mm
Soil type: Grey sandy loam over yellow clay and ganite
Aspect: Easterly

The Roesler vineyard is situated between the Eden Valley township and High Eden sub-region, in a high rainfall and cool part of the Eden Valley region. It is in this area of Eden Valley that produces some the best Rieslings, benefiting from a long, cool growing season, resulting in ample natural acidity and flavour at harvest.

The soils are shallow grey sandy loams of low pH and low fertility. The Riesling vine is well adapted to this environment and is able to produce the right balance of canopy and crop load.

The vines have an easterly aspect with the rows running east-west. Importantly this greatly reduces the incidence of sun burn and allows even ripening of the fruit on both sides of the vines. This vineyard produces the outstanding Riesling for our Freya wine.

Cranes Range

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Eden Valley sub-region Craneford
Riesling, Shiraz, Cabernet Sauvignon
470m
600mm
Leached sandy loam over bedrock
Region: Eden Valley sub-region Craneford
Varieties: Riesling, Shiraz, Cabernet Sauvignon
Altitude: 470m
Rainfall: 600mm
Soil type: Leached sandy loam over bedrock

This vineyard is situated between the townships of Eden Valley and Craneford in the higher altitude cooler section of the Eden Valley region.

This area of Eden Valley produces very complex Shiraz wines that display hallmark characteristics, unique to cool climate Shiraz. It also produces superb Riesling with hallmark citrus intensity with perfect natural acidity. There are also some warmer sites specifically planted to Cabernet Sauvignon.

The soils are typical grey sandy loams over weathered granite and solid granite bedrock and are typically slightly acid in nature with low fertility.

This vineyard is in excess of 45 years old, producing miniscule yields. Eden Valley is a very difficult region for vignerons to make returns with such low yielding vineyard, combine this with the scarcity of water has seen many vineyards uprooted. Fortunately for those vignerons that persevere the fruit quality can be outstanding. This vineyard produces Shiraz for our Remus, Riesling for Freya, and Cabernet Sauvignon for Pumpa and in outstanding years, Eurus

Long Gully

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Barossa Valley sub-region Menglers Hill
Shiraz
470m
500mm
Leached sandy loam over granite bedrock
Easterly
Region: Barossa Valley sub-region Menglers Hill
Varieties: Shiraz
Altitude: 470m
Rainfall: 500mm
Soil type: Leached sandy loam over granite bedrock
Aspect: Easterly

This vineyard is situated on one of the highest points of the Barossa Valley and is directly flanked by the boundary that separates it from Eden Valley. With a pronounced Easterly aspect the vineyard benefits from ripening in the cooler part of the day.

Not surprisingly fruit from this mature vineyard displays the elegance associated with Eden Valley but with a powerful well-structured palate normally associated with the best Barossa Valley vineyards.

The soils are a mix of shallow sandy loams over weathered granite together with pockets of red earth and ironstone.

The old block Shiraz has been through 3 renovations across its extensive life and is always a walk-up candidate for Romulus Shiraz. The other 5 mature Shiraz blocks regularly contribute to Zephyrus Shiraz.

Light Pass

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Barossa Valley sub-region Light Pass
Shiraz, Grenache & Tempranillo
305-325m
500mm
Red loam to clay over limestone
Westerly
Region: Barossa Valley sub-region Light Pass
Varieties: Shiraz, Grenache & Tempranillo
Altitude: 305-325m
Rainfall: 500mm
Soil type: Red loam to clay over limestone
Aspect: Westerly

This vineyard is situated on the eastern foothills of the northern Barossa Valley, giving it elevation above the valley floor and overlooking the hamlet of Light Pass. This site regularly receives cooling ‘gully winds’ in the late afternoon and throughout the evening as the cooler air from the neighbouring Eden Valley replaces the warmer valley floor air.

The soils are red-sandy loams tending to clay over limestone – excellent for the production of full flavoured red wines. This vineyard produces Shiraz for our Romulus & Zephyrus, Grenache for our Kennedy, and Tempranillo for Selene.

An early ripening vineyard that produces small berries with high concentrations of flavour and colour, together with pronounced velvety tannins.

Seppeltsfield

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Barossa Valley sub-region Seppeltsfield
Shiraz
270-285m
468mm
Heavy red clay over limestone
Various – North, South, West
Region: Barossa Valley sub-region Seppeltsfield
Varieties: Shiraz
Altitude: 270-285m
Rainfall: 468mm
Soil type: Heavy red clay over limestone
Aspect: Various – North, South, West

The Seppeltsfield vineyard is situated on a plateau on the north-western edge of the Barossa Valley with views out to the Gulf of St Vincent. A unique feature of this site is the cool westerly wind that originates like clockwork, in the early afternoon from the gulf during spring and the long summer months. This cooling effect lengthens the time for flavour and tannin development producing fruit with refinement and intensity.

The exposed site in addition to the winds also limits the yield capacity of the vineyard, meaning the grapes harvested are always concentrated and rich in extract. The soils are heavy red-clay over limestone, excellent for the production of small berried bunches with intense colour and flavour. This vineyard produces Shiraz for our Zephyrus and Kennedy wines.

Hoebeck

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Barossa Valley sub-region Western Ridge
Shiraz
265-275m
460mm
Heavy red clay over schist
Easterly
Region: Barossa Valley sub-region Western Ridge
Varieties: Shiraz
Altitude: 265-275m
Rainfall: 460mm
Soil type: Heavy red clay over schist
Aspect: Easterly

The Hobeck vineyard is situated on the Western Ridge of the Barossa Valley and is ideally positioned to capture the early morning sun and be protected from the harsher late afternoon heat and prevailing westerly winds.

The heavy red clay soils provide a reservoir for the winter rainfall and are miserly in giving up this moisture through the growing season. As a result the Shiraz is low yielding ,with small berry size, leading to wines of generous, concentrated flavour and soft velvety tannins.

Planted in 1998 the mature vines consistently delivery Shiraz for our Kennedy and Marschall wines.