The Toolbrunup Wines vineyard sits on the northern slopes of the Porongurup Ranges and currently has 5 hectares under vines, with potential expansion of a further 12 cleared hectares. The existing vines, 6 hectares of trellising and vineyard irrigation were established in 2002 with current annual production targets of 40 tonnes. The 2018 harvest resulted in all fruit reaching the highest tiers for vinification and future wine production. The vineyard consists of three Pinot Noir clones (114; 115; D5V12), Riesling (Geisenheim) and Sauvignon Blanc, and has 2,000 Riesling rootlings ready for planting in the vacant block.
The property consists of 44 Ha divided into six paddocks, has a 10,000 cubic metre dam and four fresh-water soaks that have year-round water. Recent soil analysis (Australian Mineral Fertilisers; 04/09/17) reports the soil balance (Ca:Mg) to ‘be in perfection’ with ‘good organic content’ and ‘high presence of all major nutrients’. The fencing is in good condition, well maintained and carries agisted livestock, including cattle. The property includes a recently renovated 3x1 home with established and irrigated gardens, a general purpose shed near home and a powered shed that incorporates the irrigation control, chemical storage and mixing room next to the vineyard and dam. A ‘house shed’ contains vine netting for 5 hectares.
The Vineyard fruit has been highly sought after by respected winemakers with the total annual fruit production going to West Cape Howe, Larry Cherubino, Snake & Herring and Castelli Estate Wines from 2006 to date.