Yilgarnia Wines

Our Vineyard

Yilgarnia Wines

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Our Vineyard

 

Peter Buxton began farming in the Denmark region with cattle, but it didn't take him too long to realize that the laterite rock and soils that his farm was based on was perfect for growing rich, full flavoured wines. A laterite base means that the soil itself is actually low in nutrients. And the result is full flavoured fruit as the grapes don't over-ripen with a good balance between the actual grape-on-the-vine and foliage being maintained.

Soils also require good climatic conditions. Here at Denmark, on the South Coast of Western Australia, we have a Mediterranean climate which is perfect for growing grapes. There is very little frost (with minimal damage to fruit as a result), relatively mild temperatures and plenty of cloud cover allowing grapes to ripen full of colour and flavour. In particular, the combination of soils and climate on our farm allow us to produce the only Shiraz grapes truly indigenous to the South Coast of Western Australia.

At Yilgarnia we are proud that all of our wine comes from our own fruit. We plant, nuture, harvest and then make our wine onsite, following a low intervention approach. When you visit us, what you taste at the Cellar Door comes directly from what you see looking out across our vineyard! 

Technical Details

Vineyard LocationOn the Hay River, 6km north of Wilson Inlet, Denmark
Vineyard Area13 hectares.
Vineyard OrientationNorth-facing slope (coast is to the south).
Soil TypeSandy gravels over red clay at 600 mm. There is also sandy gravel to 100 mm with a laterized layer to 600 mm over yellowish to red clay. The laterized layer is exposed in parts of the vineyard. The vegetation on this site was previously a Jarrah and Marri Forest.
Annual Rainfall900mm, mostly during the growing season of April to November
ClimateMediterranean-style, with dry summers. Maximum tempratures range from 26°C in January to 16°C in July. Winter tempratures are mild with minimal frost.
Cloud CoverWe regularly receive afternoon cloud cover. When the sea breeze arrives in the midday to early afternoon, moist clouds role in maintaining our high relative humidity and also reducing ultraviolet light. Some researchers now believe this positively affects fruit colour and flavour.
VarietiesSauvignon Blanc, Semillon, Chardonnay, Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot and Shiraz
Our Vineyard
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