Simpson Estate entails 6.5 hectares (16 acres) of which 4.5 hectares (11 acres) is under vine. The vineyard is located in the highly scenic rolling hills of Yallingup, about 12km north of the Wilyabrup sub-region of the Margaret River Wine Region. The property is 4km south-east of the famous Yallingup Beach and this proximity to the ocean provides moderation of temperatures throughout the year.
Sitting at an elevation of 100m above sea level, the vineyard enjoys ocean views, yet its vines are protected from the prevailing south-westerly winds by nearby elevated bushland.The vineyard’s soil is made up of an extremely well draining gravelly loam, over a clay and granite base. Planted in 1998, the 4.5 hectares under vine is made up of 2.6 hectares of Cabernet Sauvignon, 0.6 hectare of Merlot, 0.2 hectares of Malbec, 0.1 hectares of Petit Verdot and 1.0 hectare of Shiraz. The vineyard sits on a north-facing slope; the vine rows are planted east-west, with an above average row spacing of 3.5 metres. The viticultural practices deployed are based on Organic principles, helping the soil and, in turn, fruit reflect their best potential. True to the region’s typical Mediterranean climate, the vineyard enjoys cool and moderately wet winters and long, dry, mild summers.
Although the vineyard is fully reticulated and served by a 36 million litre dam, the vineyard is largely dry-grown. This water source affords capacity to cater for any spells of particularly hot weather, which are occasionally experienced in early January, a critical period immediately before veraison. The combination of vine age, soil composition, vineyard aspect, vine row orientation, wind protection, soil drainage and the Margaret River Wine Region’s wonderful climate, result in a terroir and viticultural environment which are a joy for us to work with.