Whilst our 600 tonne production facility is one of the largest of the privately owned vineyards in Australia, our actual specialization is on small batch winemaking.
Small batch winemaking means exactly that. We pick fruit by clone and vineyard site and vinify in small 2000 litre fermenters. Fermentation also varies across a range of yeast treatments and we are developing wild yeast strains that are vineyard related. These yeasts are producing exciting variability in the wine styles even from same small plot fruit. We finish wines in oak barrels ranging from new oak to second and third year oak dependent on the wine style desired.
This gives us a wide pallet of fruit and finished wine styles to make either stand alone varietals or complex blends. With so many clones and varieties we like to think we are painting with a wide range of colours (and tastes and aromas!). In this sense we are pioneering varietal winemaking and are already receiving attention from industry experts who are excited about what sets us apart.
Recent releases of single varietals have excited both our regular customers and the on-premise market. In fact some of our varietal releases are rare indeed, such as Gamay, Graciano, Nebbiolo and Sangiovese.
Our blending story is also interesting because we have a passion for Europeanness in some of our wines. When you have fruit with marked varietal character, the ability to blend it in classic French and other European blends starts to make sense. Some varietals just work well together, some giving structure, others flesh and others edgy aromatics and taste profiles. This is leading us to look at blends that profile Rhone, Bordeaux, Italian and Spanish wine styles.
The importance of “dry farming” is that it forces our vines to source their own water and nutrients within the layers of limestone, clay and loam with consequent marked minerality and vinous character resulting from these growing conditions.
Our vineyards are now well over ten years old and have survived severe heat and low rainfall conditions in recent years and are now quite hardy and drought resistant. This has resulted in deep rooted vines with fruit that has small berries, thick skins and thus marked concentration in aromatics, flavours and varietal character.
The perfect fruit for classic, high quality and true to varietal wines!!
Rowsley Fault Vineyards P/L
131 Lumbs Road Sutherlands Creek, Victoria 3331 PO Box 1665, Geelong Victoria 3220 Australia Ph: +61 (0)3 5281 1811 Fx: + 61 (0)3 5281 1877