Exploring Irvine Wines: A Journey Through Our Vineyard Blocks

Brian’s Block: A Testament to Tradition

Our journey begins where it all started, in Angaston, on the grounds of Brian’s Block. Established in 1867 by the visionary Henry Winter Miles, this block serves as the foundation of our vineyard. Named after Peter’s father, Brian, it stands as a tribute to familial bonds and a passion for viticulture that spans generations.

Brian continued the legacy, expanding the block in 1967 with the addition of Shiraz, Semillon, and Riesling vines. Today, this 11-acre plot remains a testament to our heritage and commitment to crafting exceptional wines.

Grand Merlot Block: Where Excellence Takes Root

Venture into Eden Valley, and you’ll discover the Grand Merlot Block, the birthplace of our esteemed Grand Merlot. Nestled on 23 acres of the original Irvine vineyard, this block boasts a rich tapestry of Merlot vines, cultivated since 1983. With seven different clones of Merlot thriving on its soil, it’s a testament to the artistry of winemaking and the complexity it can yield.

But Merlot isn’t the only star here. Pinot Gris, Primitivo (Zinfandel), Petit Meslier, Chardonnay, and Tannat also call this vineyard home, adding depth and diversity to our portfolio.

Ben’s Block: A Tribute to Legacy

Named in honour of Peter’s son, Ben’s Block is a testament to familial ties and a dedication to preserving tradition. Acquired by Brian in 1969, this parcel of land harbors 120-year-old Shiraz vines, the backbone of our Old Vine Shiraz. Cabernet Sauvignon also flourishes here, adding layers of complexity to the wines sourced from this 21-acre vineyard in Penrice.

Ruth’s Block: A Symphony of Flavors

Located in Ebenezer, Ruth’s Block is a testament to the matriarchal influence that shapes our wines. Named after Peter’s mother, this 91-acre expanse thrives in the warm embrace of the Barossa Valley floor. Here, Shiraz, Merlot, Zinfandel, and Cabernet reign supreme, delivering fruit of unparalleled richness and power, yet perfectly balanced and nuanced.

Haslemere & Spring Gully Block: Where Innovation Meets Tradition

Planted in 1993 by Brian Miles and Robert Wade, the Haslemere & Spring Gully Block embodies the spirit of exploration and innovation. Spanning 170 acres in the Eden Valley, adjacent to our Grand Merlot Block, this vineyard is a playground of diversity. From Riesling to Cabernet Sauvignon, Chardonnay to Shiraz, and Pinot Gris, it’s a testament to our commitment to pushing the boundaries while honouring tradition.

Casey’s Block: A Vision for the Future

Purchased by Brian and Ruth Miles in 1980, Casey’s Block is a canvas for future endeavours. What once stood as bare land now flourishes with Riesling, Cabernet Sauvignon, Chardonnay, and Shiraz, planted with love and foresight. Located in Craneford, this 67-acre parcel embodies our dedication to growth and innovation while staying rooted in our heritage. This block is named after Peter’s daughter, Casey.

Where Tradition Meets Innovation

As we journey through the vineyard blocks of Irvine Wines, we are reminded that each plot of land tells a unique story—a story of heritage, legacy, and the pursuit of excellence. From Brian’s Block, where it all began, to the expansive fields of Haslemere & Spring Gully Block, our vineyards stand as a testament to the enduring bond between family, tradition, and the art of winemaking.

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