White Gravels Hill Block
The Thomson family originally settled on the site for this block as a way to avoid damaging frosts during extremely cold winters. In 1969 they first planted Chardonnay in the paddock next door to where Shiraz now grows (much to the dismay of others as this variety was not fashionable at the time).
In 1992, the team then planted Shiraz next to the Chardonnay site and it thrived. Shiraz proved to suit this site much better than Chardonnay. Much has been said about this site’s similarity to the best Syrah vineyards in France’s Northern Rhône, with its top soil of white quartz gravel and granite over granite bedrock, but they couldn't claim to have known this at the time! They just needed a spot to grow healthy grapes, and it turned out to be perfect for Shiraz.