The Mount Barrow vineyard, located in Western Australia's Great Southern region, was the second vineyard that Howard Park established form greenfield, the culmination of a long search for a site appropriate for all our Great Southern operations.
The vineyard is remote and lays close to the Porongurup & Stirling ranges. With an elevation of up to 380m, it is the highest vineyard site in the Great Southern (& quite possibly all of Western Australia), where, on a clear day, the Southern Ocean can be seen from its peak. Surrounding vineyards lie typically between 250 to 300m along the north face of the Porongurup Range.
Under the careful guidance of Chief Viticulturist David Botting, Mount Barrow was purchased by the Burch family in 2004 & planted a year later.
It’s vines are generally very low capacity on the upper slopes, & moderate capacity on lower slopes, with limited water supply to the site.
The focus of this vineyard is on small parcels of very high-quality fruit. The property is 200 hectares, with 68ha currently under vine & another 16ha earmarked for future planting.
Further developments are based on improved and increased genetic diversity. Hence Mount Barrow is our most clonally diverse vineyards, with 6 clones of Chardonnay & 6 clones of Pinot Noir planted. One block of Pinot Noir, for example, can contain 4 clones repeated 4 times to create 16 ‘sub-blocks’.
The Mount Barrow vineyard also houses a vine ‘kindergarten’ of one hectare, which supplies rootlings for future vines. At the moment Pinot Gris, Pinot Meunier & 7 different Burgundian Pinot Noir clones are planted there.
Originally planted with Riesling, Chardonnay & Sauvignon Blanc, over time the Mount Barrow vineyard has become the home of our Pinot Noir clone experiments. The fruit is of extremely high quality & always destined for our top wines – remarkable given its history of only 12 years.
- Mount Barrow, Great Southern
- Cool continental, 40km from the Sounthern Ocean
- 580mm per annum
- 250 - 380 m
- Sandy Loam over clay with high ironstone gravel content