One can catch glimpses of the blue waters of Geographe Bay through the valley which runs through the centre of the property and is protected from westerly winds by towering Jarrah and Marri Trees and steep slopes. These winds in particular can devastate setting fruit in the spring, making vine protection a necessity. Other favourable features of nearby Geographe Bay are the moderating & cooling influence it has on the hot easterly winds which blow during the height of summer and which have the potential to damage and burn the vine canopy and fruit.
"My vineyard philosophy is based on sourcing high quality fruit to produce the styles and quality that Amberley is renowned for!" Phil Smith Viticulturist, Amberley Estate
Easterly and north easterly facing slopes on the property enable vines to capture maximum morning sunlight when they're most active and minimise heat stress from the afternoon sun. Phil Smith is responsible for overseeing the overall operation of the Amberley Estate vineyards, as well as the provision of grower liaison services to over twenty contracted growers in the area, negotiating their contracts and sourcing all fruit required for the company.
His vineyard philosophy is based on a belief that fruit and wine quality can only be achieved through well-balanced vines from a uniform vineyard. Through effective management of shoot growth and cropping levels as well as effective management of pruning, one can create vines with a balanced ratio of pruning weight to fruit weight. Such balanced vines and uniform vineyards lead to high quality fruit being delivered to the winery.