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Our Wine

Background
The Buninyong Springs Vineyard on the Sinclair of Scotsburn Estate, is situated at 256 Wiggins Road Scotsburn and was purchased by David and Barbara Sinclair in June 2001.

The Sinclair of Scotsburn Estate is nestled on the slopes of Mt Buninyong, with stunning panoramic views of the surrounding countryside, vineyard and lake. Originally part of a larger holding subdivided in 1990 the total area of the property including the leasehold is 42.5 acres.


Terroir
The vineyard is located on the eastern slopes of Mount Buninyong at an elevation of 550 metres. The soils in the vineyard are of volcanic origin with silty clayey loams and some sandstone rocks. The climate is characterised by cold winters and warm to hot summers with average rainfall of 700mm/annum.


Viticulture
Buninyong Springs Vineyard was established in 1997 with 3 acres of Chardonnay (clone I 10V5) and 2 acres of Pinot Noir (clone MV6) being planted, a total of over 4500 vines.

The vineyard is watered by drip irrigation with the water pumped from a dam on Back Creek, which flows from the northeastern slopes of Mt. Buninyong.

The vines are caned pruned and trellised to maximise the fruits exposure to sunlight. Cropping levels are maintained below 2 tonnes/acre to ensure high quality, cool climate fruit.

Bird netting is used to protect the crop and ensure that it can be picked when the sugar level and flavour characteristics have reached optimum levels. The fruit is hand picked usually in April or early May.


Wine Making
The wine is made under contract by Scott Ireland of Provenance Wines located at Sutherland's Creek near Geelong.


Wallijak Chardonnay
The chardonnay is fermented in barrels using natural yeasts and matured in a mixture of new and old French oak barriques for about nine months. The wine is then filtered and bottled in February or March.


Manor House Pinot Noir
The pinot noir is fermented in small open fermenters and is then pressed into a mixture of new and old French oak barriques for a maturation period of about nine months. The wine is then filtered and bottled in February or March.


Vintage History (cases)

Year Chardonnay Pinot Noir
2005 168.3 136.3
2006 260.3 242.1
2007 188.4 169.5
2008 346.5 392.1
2009 157.6 90
2010 214.4 187
2011 No wine due to Downey Mildew
2012 23.6 6
Lease commenced with Provenance Wines 2013
  Sinclair of Scotsburn Total Sinclair of Scotsburn Total
2013 36 192 30 157
2014 0 65 0 65
2015 81 442 50 258
2016 53 285 24 137

Awards

2005   Chardonnay - 95 points in 2008 James Halliday
Bronze Medal 2007 Daylesford Wine Show
2005   Pinot Noir - 94 points in 2008 James Halliday
Bronze Medal 2007 Ballarat Wine Show
Bronze Medal Federation Square March 2007
2006   Chardonnay - 88 points in 2009 James Halliday
Gold Medal 2008 Daylesford Wine Show
Silver Medal Federation Square November 2008
Bronze Medal Federation Square November 2009
Finalist Best of the Best Federation Square August 2009
2006   Pinot Noir - 89 points in 2009 James Halliday
Silver Medal 2005 Ballarat Wine Show
Silver Medal Federation Square November 2009
2007   Chardonnay - 93 points in 2011 James Halliday
Bronze Medal 2008 Daylesford Wine Show
Peoples Choice Top White Federation Square November 2009
Bronze Medal Federation Square November 2009
 
2007 Pinot Noir - 92 points in James Halliday
Bronze medal 2010 Federation Square Victorian Wine Regions Showcases Series
Both Chardonnay and Pinot Noir were finalists in the 2011 Federation Square Best of the Best
 
2008

2008
  Chardonnay - 91 points in 2012 James Halliday

Pinot Noir - 91 points in 2012 James Halliday
Bronze Medal 2010 Ballarat Wine Show
Bronze Medal 2010 Federation Square
 
2009   Pinot Noir - 90 points in 2013 James Halliday
Silver Medal 2011 Daylesford Wine Show
 
2010 Pinot Noir
Bronze Medal 2012 Ballarat Wine Show
 
 
2010   Chardonnay
Bronze Medal 2012 Ballarat Wine Show
 



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