Our vineyard is situated on land first granted to George Beaumont Esquire, of Halifax England, on 14th March 1840.
The gently sloping vineyard is planted to Shiraz and is located in the cooler and higher south eastern corner of McLaren Vale, some 40 kilometres south of Adelaide. Halifax Vineyard is just 9 kilometres from the waters of Gulf St Vincent and immediately beneath the Willunga Escarpment which rises 300 to 400 metres above sea level.
The Willunga Fault follows the east / north-eastern boundary of the vineyard, and its geological origins are defined as Christies Beach Formation, originating in the Pleistocene Era, which formed between 2.6 million and 10,000 years ago.
In addition to the alluvial fan clay, varying in colour from light red to red, deep red, and brown, the “sands” are more typically Urrbrae Loam. The gravels are particularly prominent in what appears to be an ancient river bed which bi-sects the vineyard and fans out just to the south-east of Per Se Block.
Throughout the vineyard deposits and fans of shale and ironstone can be found at various depths.
This enormous variation in soil profile and rock and gravel content accounts for the signature minerality and freshness in our wines and, the considerable differences in the intensity and flavor profiles of our wines from the four distinct “blocks”.
The proximity to the ocean and the hills, together with the prevailing cool easterly gully winds in the afternoons and evenings, moderate the normally warm to hot summers.
We farm sustainably.