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Six generations after Joseph Gilbert established the first vineyard and winery in the Barossa’s Eden Valley in 1847, his great great great grandson Mark Gilbert continues the tradition with his own single vineyard, small batch wines.

We produce five wines from two diverse vineyards, one in the cool climate of the Adelaide Hills and the other in Langhorne Creek. All vines are detail hand-pruned, and the fruit hand-picked and whole bunch-pressed to nurture the wines from vineyard to glass.

MEADOWS VINEYARD, ADELAIDE HILLS

Established in 1996, our Karrawatta vineyard in Meadows is one of the highest altitude premium sites in the Adelaide Hills Wine Region. The yields and vine growth are in natural balance and vines produce consistent low quantities of super premium fruit, with delicate flavours that represent the terroir of the site.

The soil is uniform across the vineyard where the top soil consists of a shallow shaley loam overlying a free draining loamy clay with fragments of shale and ironstone. The altitude of the site ranges from 450–490m where each variety has been planted to suit the sites topography to ensure super premium wine production. The Sauvignon Blanc is grown on south facing cooler slopes and Shiraz grown on the north facing warmer, less vigorous slopes. The Pinot Gris is planted at the highest point with row orientation east/west to ensure none of the fruit is exposed to the afternoon sun.

BURNFOOT VINEYARD, LANGHORNE CREEK

Our Karrawatta ‘Burnfoot’ Vineyard is located on premium dirt, just off the Angas River, in the Langhorne Creek Wine Region. The vines were planted in 1989 into soil that does not get flooded and hence our vines tend not to be over vigorous. The soil type is a free draining thick brown loamy sand over a red brown sandy clay loam, calcareous at depth. All vines are detail hand pruned with love.

Vine growth is in perfect balance, inputs are minimal and the Shiraz and Cabernet Sauvignon fruit from these old vines is arguably some of the best from the region. The fruit is highly sort after and very few sites can produce fruit of this quality, where berries are small and bunches are open. Only a small volume of water is applied during the growing season and with low yields the concentrated fruit flavours represent the terroir of this site.
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