Part III – An Ancient Land
We may be a young wine region, but we’re one built on mature foundations. Foundations made, quite literally, of ancient soils.
One of the world’s most geographically isolated wine regions, Margaret River and the South West formed around 120 million years ago, with much of the wider region geologically undisturbed for tens of millions of years.
Over time, the Leeuwin-Naturaliste Ridge, which runs 100km down the middle of the Margaret River region, has created a complex network of gneiss, schist and granite-based soils; some of the oldest soil in the world.
This predominantly deep, well-drained, red gravelly loam is poor in nutrients, resulting in low vigour – the perfect environment to grow high-quality grapes.