Atlas Wines has acquired a second vineyard, just south of Leasingham in the Clare Valley. Its location is of great significance to the Australian wine industry, among iconic vineyards such as Schobers Vineyard and Botanic Vineyard, at the start of the region’s “Golden Mile”. The area is renowned for premium-quality Shiraz and this vineyard is no exception. A range of other varieties are also grown there, most notably Tempranillo, which is likely destined for future vintages of The Spaniard.
The acquisition gives Atlas Wines direct control over fruit supply from two distinct vineyards at opposite ends of the valley, with the original Atlas Estate Vineyard located at White Hut at the northern end of the region. Each has a different soil profile, rainfall and aspect, and these differences translate to differing fruit characteristics that will open up greater opportunity for Adam and the winemaking team to achieve particular blends and wine styles. And being able to determine exactly how the fruit is managed, throughout the growing and ripening periods, will provide even great control over the end product.
Harvesting in the new vineyard has already begun. Despite a relatively dry growing season, the established vines here have held up well and are delivering fruit of exceptional quality. It’s an exciting time in the winery for everyone involved – a little over a decade after the Adam and Amy established Atlas Wines, the new vineyard is heralding a new chapter for the whole business.