Our Nursery Block is undeniably one of the most significant vineyards in Australia. Established by Henry Best in 1866, it’s a 22-hectare vineyard that is bursting with history. The vines, sourced from early growers Troutte and Blampied, were planted at random throughout the block.
Within the collection, believed to be the most extensive pre-phylloxera plantings in Australia and possibly the world, there are over 39 separate varietals planted, eight which remain unknown and un-named to this day. We are frequently visited by international viticulturists looking to research and take cuttings. It’s almost a living museum and a part of our history that we’re so very proud to be the custodians of this very important piece of rare earth.
Today, the vines are hand picked, beginning with the white varietals, then followed by the red. Wine is not produced every year but the resulting wine is abundant in fruit character- a definitive style expressing the Nursery Blocks’ individual components.
More information is available in our Nursery Block Handout.
Our Managing Director and Fifth Generation Ben Thomson takes you through this special vineyard in this short video.
In 2010 we commenced a project to protect these vineyards and take cuttings of such historical vines. Our Managing Director Ben Thomson talks about the Nursery Block replanting project and why it’s so important in preserving these vines by taking cuttings and replanting.