The Mons Rubra vineyard is situated on Red Hill of Macedon Ranges and was chosen because of the rich red volcanic soil and its north facing elevated position. The vineyard is situated on a hill which is geologically classified as a tertiary volcanic vent site associated with the Hanging Rock volcanic core and there are only three of these sites identified within this area. Since the true character of Pinot Noir is expressed and can only reach perfection when it is grown in a cool climate this is the perfect location. This cool region ensures we produce exemplary Pinot Noir fruit although there is the risk of Spring frosts.
Pinot Noir originated in the French region of Burgundy where it is most renowned and from where the ancient clone of MV6 was reputedly planted by the Roman armies on their invasions throughout Western Europe particularly the area around Burgundy approximately 2000 years ago. This grape is considered very difficult to grow because they are low yielding; the skins are very thin and easily damaged by frost, mould and disease. Their delicate nature means that the wines they produce are considered precious