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Tamburlaine sources fruit from its own organic vineyards in the Hunter Valley (Pokolbin and Sandy Hollow) and Orange. See Map below



HUNTER VALLEY
Location: 358 McDonalds Road, POKOLBIN
NSW


Tamburlaine has 13 hectares under vine at its Pokolbin property. The Hunter Valley is located some 1 hours from Sydney. It is one of the oldest wine regions in Australia and one of the five most recognised wine producing regions in Australia. Through Tamburlaine’s organic conversion the quality of the vineyards has been substantially improved.



Grape Varieties
Semillon, Verdelho, Chardonnay, Shiraz/Syrah, Cabernet Sauvignon, Chambourcin and Durif.

Area under vine: 13 ha

Vines planted: 1966

Harvest: January - March

Climate
Warm grape growing climate
Mean January Temperature: 22.7
Average Annual Rainfall: 530mm
Average Oct-March Sunshine Hours: 8.5
Heat Degree Days: 2100
Other: Generally cloud cover during January shields the effects of heat during the growing season. Occasionally rainfall interrupts the harvest in January, February and March.

Geography
Terrain: Diverse range of gently undulating landscapes and rich farmland set against a backdrop of rocky outcrops, sandstone cliffs and rugged scrub-covered mountains.

Elevation: 100m

Geology: Sandstone and shale

Soil: Red duplex soils with well structured loamy surfaces

Management practices
Use organically certified sprays for containment of downy mildew. Use pine oil and under vine tillage for weed control. Bunch rot at harvest is always a threat. Drip irrigation used to supplement water requirements. Vertical shoot positioning (VSP) for trellising. Cane and spur pruning.

ORANGE
Location: Borenore Lane, BORENORE, NSW & Cargo Road, Orange, NSW

Tamburlaine substantial production comes from 100ha of its own vineyards in Orange, New South Wales. The Orange Wine Region is centred on the city of Orange in the Central Mountain Ranges of New South Wales, 260 km (160 miles) west of Sydney.

In the world of wine, the Orange wine region is unique in that its boundary is an altitude contour. For Orange this is the 600 metre altitude contour (2,000 feet). As a consequence all vineyards in the region must be above this height. This in turn makes the Orange wine region cool by definition.


Orange is on the inland side of Australia’s Great Dividing Mountain Range and as such it has a continental climate with warm summer days tempered by cool nights. The extinct volcano, Mount Canobolas, 1400 metres (4,600 feet) dominates the landscape. Tamburlaine’s vineyards are located on the slopes of Mount Canobolas at an average of around 900 metres above sea level, (3,000 feet). The Orange wine region’s high altitude vineyards offer some very definite and distinct natural advantages. The cool climate, ancient volcanic geology and soils, together with the long growing season, combine to produce wines of distinct flavour and high quality. The Orange region is considered by many observers as the best new region in Australia, although with over 30 years of wine production, it is little wonder that the region is now producing top quality.

Grape Varieties
Sauvignon Blanc, Riesling, Chardonnay, Marsanne, Shiraz/Syrah, Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon, Malbec, Petit Verdot, Cabernet Franc, Grenache, Pinot gris & Pinot noir.

Harvest: March-early May

Climate
Cool grape growing climate
Mean January Temperature: 19.5
Growing season rainfall: 440mm
Average Oct-March Sunshine Hours: 8.9
Heat Degree Days: 1257
Other: Defined and heavily influenced by elevation. Cool to very cool nights followed by warm days, which are ideal for cool climate varieties grown.

Geography
Terrain: Located on the slopes of extinct volcano, Mount Canobolas.

Elevation: 800m – 900m

Geology: Basalt

Soil: Deep well drained, deep friable red-brown clay

Management practices
Use a combination of organic and biodynamic practices. Apply biodynamic formulations to mobilise nutrients (see ORGANIC). Vertical shoot positioning was originally used but to avoid sunburn, in recent years, VSP has moved to a lazy sprawl on the western canopy and a vertical lift on the eastern side.

D'vine Ridge Vineyard, Sandy Hollow, HUNTER VALLEY
The Shiraz & Verdelho were planted in 1999,the Chardonnay in 2002 then Viognier in 2005.Shiraz is on a well drained gravel/clay ridge which makes the vines struggle & produces grapes of excellent colour & flavour.The Verdelho,Chardonnay & Viognier are on free draining deep sandy soils which help stress the vines to produce consistently intensely flavoured fruit.


Grape Varieties
Viognier, Verdelho, Shiraz, and Chardonnay.

Area under vine: 12 ha

Vines planted: Shiraz & Verdelho 1999
                         Chardonnay 2002
                         Viognier 2006

Harvest: January - March

Climate
Warm grape growing climate
Mean January Temperature: 22.7
Average growing season rainfall: 530mm
Average Oct-March Sunshine Hours: 8.5
Heat Degree Days: 2100
Other: Generally cloud cover during January shields the effects of heat during the growing season. Occasionally rainfall interrupts the harvest in January, February and March.

Geography
Terrain: Gentle slopes

Elevation: 155m

Geology:Weathered sand & gravel from the surrounding sandstone & conglomerate mountains which form part of the Goulbourn River National Park.

Soil: free draining red & light sand with gravel/clay ridges.

Management practices
Use organically certified vineyard practices Vertical shoot positioning (VSP) for trellising. Cane and spur pruning.




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