About This Vineyard
The first vines, planted at Rosnay by Richard and Florence Statham in September 1997, were organic and biodynamic from Day One. These are the original Chardonnay and Shiraz blocks, totalling 7.5 hectares, which were painstaking planted with compost, lime, rock dust, the biodynamic preparations and straw mulch. In 1998 a further 8 hectares of Merlot, Semillon and Cabernet, were planted using cuttings from local vineyards and from elite South Australian stocks. In 2000 the final 4 hectares of Shiraz and 1/2 hectare of Mourverdre were planted using rootlings grown on Rosnay. Now that the vines are over 12 years old, they show that organic farming methods are indeed sustainable and productive.