Grape Varieties

The maritime influenced cool climate region where the Brown Magpie vineyard is located has influenced the decisions on grape vine variety selection. The soils and soil structure are similar to other premium grape growing regions around the world. Under a thin layer of sandy loam there are layers of different types of clay, eventually leading to estuary marl, then limestone. The main varieties planted are Pinot Noir (Mv6, 777,114,115), Shiraz and Pinot Gris. These varieties make up the majority of the planting. There are also some small patches of Chardonnay, and Sauvignon Blanc. The vines are all grafted and the average age is 15 years. Yields vary according to seasonal conditions. The aim is to harvest between five (Pinot Noir) and ten (Shiraz) metric tons per hectare.