The Brini Family vineyard is located in the hills north of Blewitt Springs. Blewitt Springs (a sub region of McLaren Vale) is world renowned for its ability to produce outstanding Shiraz and Grenache.
At its highest point our vineyard is 200 m above sea level. Being elevated over 120 m above the main McLaren Vale valley floor, the slightly cooler conditions result in more elegant wines as the slower ripening allows more delicate fruit flavours to develop.
The undulating slopes provide good drainage allowing deep root growth and subsequently robust vines that can tolerate long periods of hot dry weather.
The vineyard soil type is predominantly sand to sandy loam over clay with vast gravel and ironstone outcrops. The deep extensive root system on the old vines obtains nutrients and elements from the clay and from ironstone, a rare soil structure not readily found in Australian vineyards. This creates wines with unique flavours and characteristics.
Blewitt Springs has a typical rainfall in the range 560mm (22 inches) to 710mm (28 inches) per year. The majority of rain falls in winter with little rain in summer. Summer is typically hot and dry allowing for ideal ripening conditions. Most of the vines on the property were established without irrigation, so they have deep, well established root system. Vines are only marginally irrigated when required from the limited fresh water collected in the 4 dams on the property.
Shiraz - Six blocks planted between 1947 and 1997
Grenache - Three blocks planted between 1948 and 1964
Mataro planted in 1997
Merlot planted in 1998
Chenin Blanc planted in 1960
Sauvignon Blanc planted in 1984