Set in Pemberton’s premier wine growing region amidst towering karri forests, Silkwood Estate 23.75 hectare vineyard is blessed with gravelly soils and cool, even temperatures during the ripening periods.
Following an extensive search of Western Australian wine regions, Pemberton was chosen in 1998 as the most suitable to establish Silkwood Estate.
The selection process was based on finding both an ideal climate and soil to produce quality wines, particularly the flagship Pinot Noir, Riesling and Sauvignon Blanc varietals.
The prevailing temperate climate and cool temperatures during ripening periods, rich gravelly loam and gently undulating landscape featured strongly in our selection and make Pemberton a premium cool-climate wine region.
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In 1999 the first vines were planted in a North-South orientation to ensure maximum light interception. The trellis system is VSP (Vertical Shoot Position).
Shiraz and Sauvignon Blanc were planted first, followed by Riesling, Pinot Noir, Merlot, Zinfandel and Cabernet Sauvignon in 2000.
Having already won widespread acclaim for our premium wines, in 2007 Chardonnay, Semillon, Viogner, Verdelho and Malbec were added, expanding our range of single vineyard varietals.
Grafted rootstocks were selected for plantings to ensure protection against fungal diseases such as phylloxera, which can destroy entire vineyards. Grafted rootstock also reduces excessive vigour in the vines, which focuses the plants energy to producing grapes.
The 23.75ha Vineyard is made up of the following:
1.02ha Cabernet Sauvignon
2.71ha Sauvignon Blanc
3.61ha Pinot Noir
0.37ha Cabernet Franc
*All varieties are machine harvested as we process everything in our onsite winery which ensures minimal time from when fruit is harvested to it being processed.
Annual pruning incorporates either single wire spur pruning or cane pruning. This is dependent on variety performance at the time.
State of the art facilities and an expert vineyard team ensure the fruit has maximum flavour intensity and regional varietal flavours.
Pest & Disease Management
Guinea fowl have been introduced to the property to control grasshopper outbreaks, and beneficial predatory insects are introduced to the vineyard. The decision to introduce predators is based on our vine monitoring results which we conduct weekly.
Midrow management is practiced to control undesirable weeks and improve organic matter in the soil.