THE LOBLEY FAMILY PURCHASED THEIR GLENBURN PROPERTY IN 1992. IT IS LOCATED IN THE UPPER YEA VALLEY 9KMS SOUTH OF GLENBURN AT AN ELEVATION OF 280M. THE OFFICIAL GI IS UPPER GOULBURN VALLEY. PLANTING BEGAN IN 1995.
Our high-density vineyard consists of Pinot Noir, Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon, Sauvignon Blanc, Muscato Giallo, Semillon and Nebiollo. These last four varieties were planted in 2008.
The vineyard is cane pruned to a single arm 8 buds long. The canopy is vertically shoot positioned and shoot thinned. We crop thin to 10-14 bunches per vine. Yield is 600-800gms per vine, this allows each vine to contribute a little fruit to each bottle.
There are two soil types, Red volcanic and Duplex. The Duplex is a Grey clay loam over a bleached silty clay which overlays a light brown mottled clay.
Climatically we are Cool Temperate with cold nights and warm days during the ripening period, March to April. We have a unique climate that provides autumn mists that roll across our dam and over the vineyard, creating a shroud that is lifted by the warming sun. Cool gentle ripening follows.
Harvest begins in mid March for Pinot while Merlot and Cabernet are picked in April. The other varieties are yet to yield a crop.
Wines are hand crafted in small batches. Our wines undergo wild yeast fermentation and are not filtered or fined.
Our aim is to produce wines that reflect our sense of place here in Glenburn.
In addition to the winery my wife Lyn now bakes traditional sourdough bread in an Allen Scott designed and built retained heat wood fired oven. Production is about 350 loaves per week. These are hand made artisan loaves.