Laurel Bank Vineyard

Laurel Bank was established by Kerry Carland in 1986 at Granton, just 20 minutes from the Hobart CBD.
Situated on moderate, north-facing slopes overlooking the Derwent river, the vineyard has a cool maritime microclimate and is ideally suited to the varieties planted: Riesling, Sauvignon Blanc, Pinot Noir and a small amount of Bordeaux varieties, mainly Cabernet Sauvignon.

We at Laurel Bank believe that the Tasmanian wine industry is very well placed to produce premium quality wine from classic European varieties with our cool dry summers and long sunny autumns. The future for our industry is extremely promising but site selection parameters must be rigorously applied.
Our own vineyard site meets the criteria for production of high quality fruit, with low yields, intense flavours and definitive varietal characteristics.

Laurel Bank vineyard has a northerly aspect with sloping topography, steep enough to ensure that spring frosts are never a problem. The vineyard soils are a remarkable mixture of high pH, black cracking clay in the upper half with the lower section tending towards a sandy loam over sandstone floaters and orange clay. The best of this section has been planted with Bordeaux varieties and some of the Pinot Noir. The very difficult low nutrient remainder has been reserved for the normally too vigorous Sauvignon Blanc. The Riesling and the rest of the pinot struggle away in the upper black clay section in a pH around 8.

As the vines have no excess vigour, vertical shoot positioning has been chosen as the most appropriate trellising arrangement. The vines are close-planted at 1.2 metres apart and 1.8 metres across the rows. Cane pruning is used with a low fruiting wire at 0.4 metres allowing an excellent leaf/fruit ratio for given trellis height.
With the exception of the Riesling, our vines are now over 35 years of age with the Bordeaux varieties and most of the Pinot approaching 30 years of age. The vines are developing substantial growth systems and we are starting to see the benefits of greater carbohydrate reserves in our often dry summers.