The Springvale Vineyard is comprised of six hectares of a thirty-two hectare estate-owned property situated in the north-eastern corner of the Clare Valley’s Watervale sub-region. The thin topsoil is made up of red loams interspersed with shale over limestone, and the vines are deeply rooted in the slate bedrock.
The soil is not worked and no fertiliser is used. Instead, a mix of natural and introduced grasses and clovers are allowed to grow and self-seed in between the vines. Meanwhile, the rest of the property is being progressively returned to native vegetation. This promotes greater species diversity and strengthens both the sustainability of the site and its suitability for viticulture by facilitating natural pest control and disease management. Springvale is an ACO certified organic vineyard.
The relatively close-planted vines (2,500/hectare) are hand-tended with the shoots positioned vertically. The shoot and bunch density of each vine is closely monitored and the vines are trimmed manually whenever necessary. Planted entirely to three clones of riesling (two German and one of local origin) and with a high exposure to sunlight, the sturdy vines produce compact yellow-green bunches of moderate sized berries. Hand-harvesting ensures the delivery of the fruit in pristine condition. Each vine produces an average of two-and-a-half bottles of wine. Grosset Springvale riesling