The site at Marsh Estate was selected in the late 1960′s because of its geological attributes. Firstly, the grey sandy loam soil (shown at the bottom of the photo) is a deposit from the Rothbury Creek. The great Semillons from the Hunter are famous because of these creek bed deposits. Secondly, the beautiful red volcanic deposit (shown in the top half of the photo) is a perfect haven for Shiraz.
The first blocks on the right as you drive through the gates are Semillon. On the left, over the small bridge is the “Holly’s Block” Semillon.Chardonnay, Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot also thrive in the sandy loam soils.
As soon as the hill starts to rise, you can clearly see the dramatic change in soil type. At nearly 40 years of age, the vines planted on this red deposit have given Marsh Estate an extremely enviable reputation within the industry as a premium producer.
The Vat S Shiraz is grown on the most easterly facing block. It relies upon the early morning direct sunlight to ripen. The Vat R Shiraz is grown on the more westerly facing block and relies upon afternoon filtered sunlight to ripen. The Private Bin Shiraz block is planted down the steep south-east block, giving it a different aspect and drainage.
The Cabernet Sauvignon Vat N is planted to the left of the house and benefits from its south-west perspective
|As soon as the hill starts to rise you, can clearly see the dramatic change in soil type|