This is a thoroughly maritime location – just 500 metres from the Bay and a little over two kilometres from Bass Straight. The great benefits for winegrowing of such a maritime climate are its moderating effect on temperatures and higher relative humidity during ripening.
Ripening begins in mid-summer and runs to mid-autumn. During this period, temperatures are mild and free of extreme heat – the days being cooled by the Bay and ocean and nights warmed. Over the peak summer months of January – February, on average the Island experiences just 2 days with temperatures above 35º C.
The result is a mild climate capable of ripening a wide range of varieties and producing strongly varietal character. Red wines are noted for their soft and supple tannins – a feature of maritime climates.