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Peter Thompson Wines


SILEX VINEYARD - Riesling, Pinot Gris, Chardonnay, Sauvignon Blanc and Pinot Noir are the varieties grown on this Vineyard. This vineyard is located in Kongorong, some 80 kilometers South of Coonawarra in the Mount Gambier geographical region. Kongorong's close proximity to the Southern Ocean and the cold afternoon/evening sea breezes that blow most days during the growing season make it one of the coolest places in Australia to grow grapes. This coolness results in a slow extended ripening period delivering high natural acidity and delicate fruit characters.

Silex is a term used in Europe to descibe flint or chert rock. The weathered limestone at this site has an extremely hard flint-like cap and only a shallow layer of red clay/loam soil for the vine roots to exploit. This and the weather make viticulture a real challange.