The Vines

Kurrajong Vineyard
Despite being a very small vineyard and winery we use a wide variety of grapes, namely the traditional Hunter varieties (Semillon, Chardonnay, Verdelho, Merlot and Shiraz) and a pick of the Mediterranean varieties (Barbera, Cabernet, Tempranillo) that combine so well to make our Rosés and Premium Blends.

All About The Vines

Beltree Block H: a Hunter Valley Heritage Vineyard, planted around 1960 with Semillon, our Beltree Block in Belford has old semillon in sandy soil alongside JumpUp Creek, the classic and traditional environment for the best Hunter Valley Semillons. From this block we make our unique Belford Semillon. Campbell Block C: planted in 2000 with Chardonnay, one of the most widely planted grapes in the Hunter. From this block we make our classic Chardonnay, and in special years our premium Chardonnay. Crisford Block C: planted in 2000 with Cabernet Franc, an uncommon but worthy variety in the Hunter. We use this fruit to make our Cabernet Blend, along with Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, and Petit Verdot. McCaffrey Block S: planted in 1991 with Semillon, the flagship grape of the Hunter Valley and one of its most planted, once being called “Hunter Valley Reisling.” With three clones mixed in the block it makes our complex, award-winning Pokolbin Semillon. McCaffrey V1 & V2: planted in 1990 with Verdelho, a grape from Madeira (a Portugese island), noted for its intense favours, with hints of lime and honeysuckle. From this we make our Pokolbin Verdelho. McCaffrey Z, T, B: planted in 1991 with Shiraz, a noble grape with a deep purple colour, producing a wine which was once called “Hunter Valley Hermitage.” From these grapes we make our single-vineyard Shiraz. We also also blend the Shiraz with the Spanish Tempranillo grape to make our “big red,”and with the Italian Barbera grape for a richer, more complex premium blended wine. McCaffrey M, C, P: Block M was planted in 2000 with Merlot, the third-most planted red grape in the world, making it “the red wine equivalent of Chardonnay …” according to James Halliday. Block C was planted in 2000 with Cabernet, behind Shiraz as the second most planted red grape in Australia (possibly because of its lower yields and harder-to-prune tougher canes). From these French-origin blocks we make a premium blended red wine of Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc, and Petit Verdot grapes. Our Merlot-Cab blends are rich, fruity wines, matured 2 years in oak for optimum flavour.

Sustainable Viticulture

As a husband-and-wife vineyard we have the goal of handing down a sustainable business to our children. Toward that end we have embarked upon a program of Sustainable Viticulture – grape and wine production techniques that emphasise organic and natural methods, but also take into account the total cost to our earth, for example considering the energy cost and greenhouse gas emissions as part of our relationship with the environment. Our vineyard uses modern equipment that has been specially engineered for a more sustainable operation. For example, we are the first in Australia to use the Lipco tractor-mounted Recycling Sprayer, which captures the spray that does not hit the vines and recycles it back into the main tank. This cuts our fungicide use in half, and dramatically cuts the amount released into the air or onto the ground. Our under-vine mower also reduces the amount of herbicide required.
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