From Vine to Wine
Basils Farms first Pinot Noir vines were planted in 1997. It is a difficult but rewarding site. Constantly battered by salt winds, the vines are deeply rooted in the unique geology of the site with its dark sandy loam over red ironstone pebbled clay.
The vineyard includes our 19 year old “Dam Block” pinot noir vines and “Olive Block” pinot noir vines planted in 2013. Recent plantings of Chardonnay, Pinot Noir and Shiraz bring the total to 4.2 hectares under vine. Planted in dark sandy loam over red ironstone pebbled clay, the vines are constantly battered by salt winds due to our coastal location.
The Basils Farm team believe that great wine starts in the vineyard and our soil and vines are nurtured using biodynamic and organic methods. This introduces a biodiversity of micro organisms and micro flora into the soil, making the vines stronger, with better resistance to disease and also less susceptible to attack by pests. This biodiversity is encouraged through the preservation of neighbouring bush and wetlands.
The vines are picked and pruned by hand. Natural composts and mulches are used to cool under vine and maintain soil moisture in summer.