BELVIDERE ESTATE (NEW)
NATIONAL VINEYARD FUND OF AUSTRALIA LIMITED
The new section of the Belvidere Estate vineyard is located in the western edge of the Langhorne Creek region approximately 6 km west of Strathalbyn and 9km from the heart of the Langhorne Creek township. The 93ha property is located on Langhorne Creek Road, Belvidere and is approximately 40m above sea level.
The vineyard was planted from 2006 on a property that was traditionally a broad acre farm used for cereal cropping and lucerne. The original cabin is now operating as the Vineyard Road Cellar Door.
There are two sections to the vineyard land separated by 1.5km and connected by an irrigation pipeline. The western section runs alongside the Angus River and is relatively flat but above the river bed by 10 metres. The eastern section, which is alongside the Marandoo Estate Limited owned Old Belvidere Vineyard, is slightly undulating and rises onto a hillside above the cellar door and dams.
The soils vary but are generally alluvial sandy loams over a duplex clay base. They provide ideal growing conditions for premium wine grapes. The vineyard is irrigated with water from a pipeline running 17km to Lake Alexandrina.
The vineyard is planted with a mix of 3 red varieties (Cabernet Sauvignon, Shiraz and Merlot) and 2 white varieties (Sauvignon Blanc & Pinot Grigio). Previously, there was Semillon and Viognier on the property. Both of these varieties were removed and have been either grafted to Shiraz or replanted to Cabernet & Shiraz since 2011.
The key varieties of Shiraz and Cabernet are the equal most desired variety for the region. Merlot, Pinot Gris, and Sauvignon Blanc are the other main varieties planted.
The current mix of wine grape varieties planted on New Belvidere Estate were chosen by FABAL Operations in conjunction with the major purchaser of grapes from the property, Pernod Ricard Winemakers and Accolade.