Rustom Farm - The Vineyard
The vineyards of Rustom Farm are located in the renowned wine growing region of South Australia’s Barossa Valley. The ‘Barossa’ is one of the earliest Australian wine districts.
The Scholz family property was settled in 1845. They were the first settlers of this land, and the family continues to farm this ground today, some 160 years later. While initially focusing on a variety of mixed farming, grape growing commenced in the 1930’s, and the old vines of these plantings continue to be farmed today.
The location consists of a number of different soil profiles. Closer to the small creek that twists and turns through the property, the soils have more depth with slightly heavier brown loams. These provide wines which are more approachable and supple in tannin and texture. As the ground elevates the loam soils become increasingly sandy. It is from these locations that we grow the grapes to produce our wine the “PUGHOUSE”. The higher ground consists of a lens of shallow sandy soil over a tight clay pan. This is ground that keeps a vine under more stressful conditions, and which lead to wines of depth and structure. It is these sandy soils which support the vines that produce our wine the “SANDBOX”.
As the farming calendar progresses from pruning through to the completion of harvest, vineyard practices are driven with the goal of creating superb wines. The result being low yielding vines which produce these wines of tremendous flavor, depth and structure.