Scotts Creek Vineyards

BYRNE VINEYARDS: SCOTTS CREEK RIVERLAND SA 

Scotts Creek, on the River Murray, is one of Australia’s largest and most significant natural wetland environments and home to Scotts Creek Wines, and the Byrne family. This area is a valuable part of the Australian wildlife system providing habitats and breeding sites for a diverse range of native animals, birds, fish and plants including many rare and endangered species.

The Scotts Creek Vineyards, which overlook the Scotts Creek wetlands, are located at Morgan, South Australia. Established in 1974, under the direction of noted Australian wine great, Max Schubert, the site was selected for its ideal grape growing conditions and rocky limestone soils to produce rich and pure wines.

Scotts Creek, incorporating the wetlands, vineyards and wines is owned and managed by the Byrne family, who are celebrating 50 years in the wine business. The Byrne family also has vineyards at Clare Valley and Glen Devlin in South Australia with the Scotts Creek wetlands being the blueprint for the family’s sustainable approach to our environment.

The Overland Vineyard was site selected by Max Schubert the creator of Penfolds Grange and was originally planted by Penfolds in 1970 for its potential to produce high quality fruit. The site benefits from sustainable water supplies and relative proximity to the production centre in the Barossa Valley. Schubert’s foresight has been vindicated. The fruit quality from the vineyard is consistently above average grade quality and is well regarded by winemakers. Quality is objectively measured to meet winemaker requirements.

The soil conditions are ideal for vines with this topsoil over limestone that sufficiently retains water but also has good drainage and nutrients for vines. The limestone also restricts vigor in the vine so that over cropping does not occur. 

The Riverland climate is ideal for producing fruit with optimum ripeness and flavour with consistent climatic conditions of warm to hot dry summers (and cool nights) and mild moist winters.

The vineyard of Scotts Creek is adjacent to the River Murray, just 7km downstream from the South Australian historical township of Morgan. The Brenda Park wetlands where Elise Byrne furthers her conservation work are located immediately adjacent to the vineyards. In 1977, 510 hectares of cliff top land was planted to 10 different wine grape varieties and today our vineyard site covers 372 hectares. Its location is pre-eminent due to the availability of a water diversion licence, the extent of the land holdings and the proximity to the winery where all our fruit is processed.

The land is a mosaic of soil types, ranging from deep sands to very shallow sandy loams over limestone with some outcrops of Blanchetown Clay. The area overlooking the wetlands was hand-selected for its stony soils over a limestone base, in order to produce grape varieties of immense character and resilience – Shiraz, Cabernet Sauvignon and Chardonnay are the main varieties here along with small plantings of Semillon, Colombard, Riesling, Gordo and Gewurztraminer. The long periods of sunshine and warm dry climate deliver a consistently high quality of fruit.

RIVERLAND REGION - SOIL AND CLIMATE

“The Riverland is a beautiful region of South Australia, located a comfortable 2½ hour drive north east of Adelaide. A mecca for wildlife, the Riverland is often described as a nature lover’s delight. It is home to some of the most distinctive wildlife and is often referred to as a bird lover’s paradise.

With over 300kms of the majestic River Murray running through the heart of the region, serving as the lifeblood of the landscape and the community, it is a dream for anyone who loves the great outdoors. Fishing, water sports, boating, gliding, national parks and walking trails, not to mention the magnificent panoramic backdrop of the River Murray limestone cliffs with their layers of colour and texture; it is simply breathtaking.

The Riverland is served by five main towns, Barmera, Berri, Loxton, Renmark and Waikerie, each with their unique tales to tell.  Industry in the Riverland is predominantly viticultural and agricultural. Historically the Riverland was settled in the  mid-1850s by pastoralists. With the introduction of the irrigation settlement in Renmark in 1887 and the settlement of ‘soldier settlers’ post World Wars I and II, the region flourished. This was the beginning of the Riverland that we know today, with glorious vineyards and orchards spreading throughout the region.

The Riverland is a distinctly unique region and offers an environment and landscape like no other. People often say that once they have visited the region, the lifestyle gets in their blood, and they want to go back for more”

Information thanks to http://www.riverlandwine.com.au/the-riverland.html

The Riverland has many natural advantages: an ideal climate for grape growing, with sunshine hours during the ripening period, good soils, water and low incidence of pests and diseases.  This means lower inputs in the vineyards and a less impact on the environment.

Growing over half of the South Australian grape production, the Riverland region is the heart of South Australian wine.

 

BYRNE VINEYARDS: SCOTTS CREEK RIVERLAND SA

PLANTINGS  HECTARES

Chardonnay  34.52

Riesling  92.71

Semillon  10.80

Traminer  27.64

Gordo  50.57

Shiraz  49.01 will become 69

Cabernet Sauvignon 10 will become 30

Grenache 6 

Total  281 will become 330 by 2017

The property comprises a total land area of approximately 1,698 hectares of which approximately close to 300 hectares has been developed to irrigated vines ranging in age from the mid 1970s through to the early 2000s and now 2015-17.

ECO TRELLIS

Trellis supports the vine throughout its life to grow into a shape that can be managed for vine health, grape ripeness and mechanical techniques for pruning and harvest.  Typically the trellis is treated pine which over time splinters, snaps and then is toxic to dispose of.  With the challenge of new plantings, the Byrne Vineyards team sought a more eco-friendly and sustainable solution.  Eco-Trellis is a fully recycled steel post solution, made in New Zealand.  Winning WISA Awards for Innovation and Environment Sustainabilty in 2015 after the wide use of Eco-Trellis in Scotts Creek vineyards, the Byrne team were thrilled to be part of this development.  Unique elements of design enhance vine health and canopy management as well as tension and strength.  Doing the best for our vines and for the impact on the land we manage,   http://www.ecotrellis.com/our-clients/ 

WINNER - GRAPEGROWER CATEGORY 2016

Co-submission with Eco-Trellis.  WISA Awards

 

IRRIGATION INFRASTRUCTURE

The irrigation infrastructure on the property was significantly upgraded in 2012 with best practice technology (automation, moisture-monitoring and drip irrigation).

The Wetland is the third highest priority under the South Australian Wetland Prioritisation Framework. It is home to many rare and endangered native species. Winning a number of major environmental awards for its ongoing work in the preservation of this significant and beautiful natural environment.

This natural feature is one of the largest on the Murray and incorporates several smaller wetlands in addition to the main Brenda Park lagoon and Scotts Creek.