The first vines were propergated at Rosily in 1994, using cuttings from the nearby Moss Wood vineyard. The rootlings were then planted out into the vineyard in 1995 and 1996(Chardonnay, Cabernet Sauvignon, Semillon and Sauvignon Blanc), and 1997 (Grenache, Merlot and Cabernet Franc). Later on in 2001 a small block of Petit Verdot was added, and then some extra Semillon in 2009.
From the strong and structured Cabernet grown in the challenging top-of-hill gravels, to the full and fruity Semillon grown in the rich alluvial soils close to a gentle brook; our grapes are grown on unique parcels of soil, in a unique part of the world – and this is reflected in the quality of our wines.
All of Rosily's wines are produced using fruit grown on our 12ha vineyard, which is planted on specifically chosen parcels of land within the 32ha Willyabrup property.
The four largest blocks of the vineyard are planted on a gentle hill sloping down to a tributary of a small stream which flows in the winter months. Additional blocks are planted on selected parcels of soils closer to the winter streams. Across the property the soil types vary from deep gravelly loams, to coarse gravels, to lighter sandy soils over a clay base.
Our vine rows all run east-west, and are 3.3m apart with vines planted every 1.8m along the row. This gives us a total of almost 21,000 vines - of 12 different varieties.
All Margaret River vineyards enjoy the benefits of good winter rainfall, and of sunny, dry ripening seasons that avoid excessive heat given the cooling influence of the Indian Ocean. But within the Margaret River wine region, there are sub-regional differences that depend on latitude and on the distance from the ocean.
Rosily Vineyard is found in the heart of the Willyabrup sub region, which is close to the coast and of a central to slightly northern latitude within the Margaret River wine region.
Within each sub-region, a single vineyard's unique combination of soil types and micro-climates play a huge role in final wine quality, and on how different wine grape varieties will grow on different parts of the block. With all our fruit grown on the single vineyard, we are truely able to produce wines with a sense of place.
The importance of the health of our vineyard is paramount to the quality of our wines, and sustainability of our vineyard is also recognised as being vital. We believe that the process of organic certification for our vineyard is testament to our commitment to looking after the land.
A typical sunny summer morning in Margaret River. By 10:00am, the strip of blue ocean will be flecked with the white-caps of the incoming sea-breeze, and by 11:00am the breeze will arrive with a cooling rush at the gates of Rosily Vineyard…30 seconds later even the far end of the Merlot rows will be given respite from the building heat!
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