Grapevines flourish on the high northern slopes of the New England Plateau, where decomposed granite soils offer minimal nutrition but excellent drainage.
Savina Lane lies in a small basin at 850m elevation, just 28kms north of the Queensland border with NSW. Winter here is a time of fire and ice. Summers are milder and less humid. This unique terroir is well- suited to unusual and more challenging low-yield vine species – widely known as alternative varieties. They make a delicious and elegant change from the mainstream.
Savina Lane produces premium wines crafted from the fruit of Fiano, Viognier, Tempranillo and Graciano vines as well as Shiraz made from the grapes of 50 year-old vines. Petit Manseng and Montepulciano vines were planted in 2012 and a tiny amount was harvested for the first time in 2016. In 2017 we expect to harvest around 1000 bottles of each.
We practice environmentally-sustainable viticulture, combining modern vineyard management with respect for tradition. Natural fertilizers and organic compounds for crop protection are used wherever possible. Spraying is only carried out at times when natural predators, such as our ladybirds, are finished eating for the day, as even natural sprays will harm them. These tiny predators assist with the control of pests in the vineyard and help to avoid the need for pesticides.
Water management is another critical issue in this dry, granite country. Shallow spoon drains curl around the vineyard, taking precious rainwater run-off directly into ‘Lake Savina’ (our enormous dam). The vineyard is trickle-irrigated to provide just enough moisture to encourage the vines to put down deep roots. A little struggle helps intensify fruit flavours.
Hundreds of native and deciduous trees have now been planted throughout our 21-hectare property to create a sanctuary for the wildlife that shares Savina Lane with us.