The Swinney vineyards are located in close proximity to the Frankland River and are situated midway and higher upslope in the river valley. The vineyards are planted on gravelly ironstone soils over layers of clay loam. These soils, which are ideal for quality wine grape production, provide strong root penetration, warm up quickly in the spring and the clay loam subsoil retains water during dry summer months.
Our vineyard management approach is based upon considered site selection, minimum intervention grape growing, selected organic practices and a general philosophy of letting the vines find their natural balance on a site per site basis. The objective is for the fruit that is produced to be a strong reflection of its micro climate - to have a natural sense of place.
Wilson's Pool Vineyard (82.5ha/204 acres)
The Wilson's Pool Vineyard, named after an English "remittance man" who lived on a pool of the Frankland River in the late eighteenth and early nineteenth century and who relied on the local marron and kangaroo to supplement his annual allowance, is planted to predominantly Cabernet Sauvignon and Shiraz. The indicator species on this site are jarrah and marri (red gum) trees and as such this vineyard has a high concentration of gravelly ironstone soils, particularly on the Western side of the vineyard, with slightly heavier more clay loam soils on the Eastern side. Two thirds of this vineyard is on a south facing slope and one third north facing.
Powderbark Ridge Vineyard (50ha/124 acres)
Powderbark Ridge Vineyard is located on the adjacent southern hill to Wilsons Pool Vineyard and shares many of the same geological features. The vineyard is largely north facing and with the soils predominantly consisting of ironstone gravel over ochre coloured red loam and clay - typical of the best sites for growing fruit in the region. The vineyard is planted mainly to Shiraz and Riesling.
International Hill Vineyard (23ha / 57 acres)
The International Hill Vineyard has soils that contain a greater proportion of clay loams, including the type that originally hosted a type of tree known locally as a "red wood". The early settlers discovered that dams built on soils that contained red woods would not hold water, while at the same time being productive for crops. This vineyard is planted mainly to white varieties such as Pinot Gris, Gewürztraminer, Vermentino, Viognier and Chardonnay which do especially well on these old red wood soils and produce fruit of distinctive quality. All varieties are on a south facing slope.
Ingénue Vineyard (6.2ha / 15 acres)
The Ingénue Vineyard is a bush vine vineyard planted to Grenache, Tempranillo and Mourvedre. These varieties are planted on typically ironstone gravel over loam clay soils and are on North or West facing ridges or slopes.