Our Springs Road vineyard was established in 1994 on a small sheep property off Springs Road, Menzies, about 7km west of Kingscote on Kangaroo Island.
The vineyards were planted by well -known locals Roger and Kate Williams. Roger owns and runs Roger’s Deli in Kingscote and is a past President of the Kangaroo Island Racing Club. I want to say Roger is a colourful racing identity, but of course that means something else entirely.
The Springs Road property was originally owned by Kate’s father, a strict Christian who didn’t approve of alcohol, smoking or betting at the races! The old house (which now stores nets we put on the vines to stop the crows eating the grapes) was built by local Garry Johnson’s grandparents. Garry came and help do some trenching for the pathway leading up to cellar door.
The vineyard is on a special site in a very special place. It has a unique combination of relatively low rainfall, low soil fertility and a moderate maritime climate which results in low yielding vines producing highly coloured and intensely flavoured wines.
We have approximately 11 acres of Shiraz, just under 11 acres of Cabernet Sauvignon and just about 3 acres of Chardonnay planted at Springs Road.
These Kangaroo Island vineyards are a perfect fit for us in their pristine location on an island which is certified GMO free. Joch has continued with his organic ways which began in his vineyards in Willunga and Springs Road is undergoing conversion to certified organic viticulture.
Vineyards are on predominantly sandy loam soils over limestone and marl (clay) with some patches of Bay of Biscay soils (black cracking clays), interspersed with some ironstone.