GARDINER WELL ESTATE
NATIONAL VINEYARD FUND OF AUSTRALIA LIMITED
The Gardiner Well Estate vineyard, owned by NVFAL, is developing into a premium B & C grade vineyard producing fruit for famous brands such as Taylors and Jacobs Creek.
The property is located in the southern region of the Clare Valley region approximately 110km north of Adelaide in South Australia. Gardiner Well Estate is located approximately 4 km north west of Auburn township and 25km south of the township of Clare.
The 137.6ha property is located on the western side of Schober Road and the eastern side of Gardiner Road and is approximately 420m above sea level.
The vineyard, originally planted in 2002 and 2003 with Merlot, Riesling and Shiraz, occupies approximately 50% of the property. The balance is still farming land and over 50ha is available to be planted to additional value added agribusiness.
The property, owned by the Williams family, was traditionally cropping and grazing land used for sheep and cereal cropping.
The land is gentle to moderately undulating and is serviced by a stream that only flows in occasional years. The soils are granite clay loams with sections of self mulching cracking clays The soils are good for growing premium wine grapes.
The land is not blessed with sufficient running water to service the vineyard so it is supplemented with 120 ML water licence which is utilised from the Clare Valley Water Supply Scheme (“CVWSS”) water scheme.
Irrigation is discussed in the Water section below.
Today, Gardiner Well vineyard is planted to 67 ha, exclusively red varieties of Merlot and Shiraz and the white variety Riesling. The key variety of Riesling is one of the most famous from the region.
The mix of wine grape varieties planted on Gardiner Well Estate were chosen by FABAL Operations in conjunction with the major purchaser of grapes from the property, Pernod Ricard Winemakers, the owner of the famous Jacob’s Creek and St Hugo wine brands.
Riesling dominates the planting on the Estate because of its notable reputation in the Clare Valley region. It is also projected that demand will continue in the long term but it is soft at this time.
A significant quantity of Merlot is also present of the Estate and this is being used to form part of the blends for both Taylors and Jacobs Creeks premium blends.