Packspur takes its name from the track that was used to pack supplies over the Pisa Range, from the Lowburn Valley to the goldfields of the dry Cardrona. Our water right for the vineyard irrigation is a miners right from 1863 and we are continuing the tradition of independence and enterprise that characterised those who worked the land before us.
The 3 ha vineyard was established in the Lowburn Valley in 1992 with plantings of Pinot Noir, Riesling, Sauvignon Blanc, Chardonnay and Pinot Gris. We chose the site for its north facing slopes and gravelly loams and, of course, the magnificent views of the Pisa Range, the Dunstans, and the St Bathans.
As the vines get older and settle into a happy balance of fruit to canopy, the grape flavours and tannin structures are increasingly expressing our local terroir, the climate, the soils and the light so unique to this area. North-facing slopescapture maximum sun and heat and ensure that there is minimal frost risk but thebrisk nor-wester “breezes” can be very character building, especially at netting time!
After 6 years of ups and downs gaining experience and confidence in the vineyard we embarked on our winemaking career. In 1998 our first wine, a barrel-fermented Sauvignon Blanc rolled (literally) off the press.