de Mestre wines is a cool-climate vineyard located in an isolated
valley in mountain country on the western side of the Blue Mountains,
approximately 200 km west of Sydney, New South Wales, Australia.
The vineyard is planted on a gently-sloping, north-facing hill
that peaks at approximately 900 metres above sea level. It is
not unusual for snow to fall in the vineyard during winter.
Vineyard soil is classified as Sofala Volcanics, estimated to
be approximately 460 million years old (Ordovician). It consists
of lavas, volcanic ash, fine to coarse grained basaltic sandstone,
breccia mudstone and rare limestone. Interestingly, marine deposits
are present even though the vineyard site is approximately 750
metres above sea level.
Varieties planted are Shiraz, Cabernet Sauvignon and Viognier.
Crop levels are small, being approximately one and half tonnes
per acre as our aim is to produce small berries with intense
flavour and colour. The vines are pruned and thinned by hand
with each vine treated as an individual with balance being the
objective. Only estate grown grapes are used in our wine.
Due to the altitude, there is an extended ripening period in
Autumn. Early frost and cold night time temperatures ensure
enhanced flavour development and cool climate characteristics.
The grapes are hand picked and transported a short distance
to our winery located in the vineyard. The grapes are immediately
crushed and after fermentation placed into French and American
oak barrels for extended maceration.
There is minimal intervention in the winemaking process as we
aim to capture the flavour of the grapes at the time of picking.
Our objective is to produce as natural a product as possible
with a true reflection of both the vineyard site and the season
of each vintage.
Do not expect our wines to be the same year in and year out
or to be similar to other wines. Do expect a wine that is unique
and that varies yearly in flavour and texture in response to
natures elements, flows and the unique terroir
of our vineyard location.
We hope that each years vintage will be received with anticipation
by those that buy our wine wondering what natural flavours and
textures the vines have produced in response to that years climatic
At present there are cellar door facilities available by appointment
only when stock is available.