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Rockfield is located in the scenic Rosa Glen sub-region of Margaret
River. Warm days, and cooler nights than most of the
Margaret River region combine with ancient alluvial and gravelly soils to
create a unique and exceptionally long ripening period for our fruit. The result
is unique wines displaying distinctive fruit-driven expression of varietal and
The 11 hectare (28 acre) vineyard was planted by the family in 1997 with
classic cultivars semillon, sauvignon blanc, chardonnay, cabernet
sauvignon, merlot, and shiraz.
Supporting the natural ecosystem, Rockfield employs a sustainable and
environmentally friendly biological approach to vineyard
management. A large area of our 89 acre property is maintained as
natural regrowth marri and jarrah forest, and creek frontage, which
along with minimal water usage reduces our environmental footprint.
structure plays a crucial role in the development of fruit intensity.
Building on the already rich gravelly and ancient river loams, we are
continually focussed on maintaining and improving soil balance and
natural organic content.
vines are trained on a single fruiting wire with vertical shoot
positioning, which encourages a tall thin canopy. This reduces disease
pressure, allows controlled fruit exposure to sunlight, and minimises
chemical spray requirements.
activity is directly dependent on the seasons. During Winter
(June-August) the vineyard team is busy pruning and preparing the vines
and soil for the next growing season; Spring (September-November)
heralds bud burst, and rigorous control of vine growth; Summer
(December-February) is vintage time and a busy period in the vineyard
with hedging, leaf plucking, fruit thinning, netting and careful
monitoring of fruit to maximise fruit colour and flavour and minimise
pests and disease. From mid-February harvesting begins and around the
clock work is required to deliver the fruit to the winery in pristine
condition. Harvest ends by around mid-April, and Autumn (May-June) marks a quieter
time in the vineyard,
before the cycle begins again.