Amherst is situated on the northern side of the Great Dividing Range at an altitude of 280m giving the area a continental climate of warm days and cool nights. It is considered a cool temperate climate with a mean January temperature of 20.80C.
There are 4 hectares under vine consisting of Shiraz, Cabernet Sauvignon and Chardonnay. The vineyard is on old alluvial goldfields dating back to the 1850s, and diggings can still be seen around the property in the quartz rich soil. The gold mining activity over the last 150 years has turned over the top soil many times creating an unforgiving landscape that is perfect for growing premium wine grapes. The vines need to work hard to produce small berries which have thick skins that give the reds deep, rich colour, fine tannins and concentrated flavours and aromas.
Hand pruning, hand-picking, minimal irrigation and summer pruning to remove any imperfect or unripe bunches result in a yield of about 2-3 tonnes per hectare. This ensures that only the finest grapes actually make it into the bottle. Picking usually occurs in mid to late March allowing for a long ripening period that lets the grapes develop to create wines with length, complexity, balance and structure.