The fruit for the Four Sisters range of wines is sourced from a number of selected central Victorian sites ranging from the rolling, temperate plains of the Goulburn Valley and Nagambie Lakes to the rocky, granite strewn hills of the Strathbogie Ranges.
The plains vineyards present soil types ranging from red and brown sandy clay loams, plus yellow-brown clay loams through to gritty, gravelly quartzose sands laid down by the prehistoric wanderings of the Goulburn River. The presence of the river and associated inland wetland areas leads to a more continental climate than would normally be expected producing cooler nights at the end of warm sunny days.
Couple the loose textured, easy-draining, sandy, gravelly soils with the gentle ripening of the more moderate climate, along with a healthy 600mm rainfall average and abundant water for irrigation, open canopy planting with low disease impacts, and you have vineyards producing generous yields without compromising on colour or flavours.
From the plains to the hills. Cool climate vineyards, ranging from 200m to 600m above sea level, are planted on alluvial/colluvial sands and sandy loams composed of decomposed granite often littered with fractured quartz and ironstone gravel over clay.
Nutrient poor and retaining very little water it is a challenging landscape for many agricultural pursuits but when combined with a more than generous 980mm annual rainfall, long cool growing season and ample summer sunshine hours, it is more than well suited to grape growing producing fruit of great intensity.
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