After nearly a years preparation, planting finally took place at Kingscote in the last week of May. Somewhat later than planned due to the rather wet weather. The newly dug land-drains have been proving their worth, an expensive but vital part of the vineyard infrastructure and for the long term viability of the vines.
An interesting varietal mix for still and sparkling wines have been planted, Bacchus, Seigrebbe, Pinot Blanc, Pinot Noir, Pinot Meurnier and Chardonnay. The 8000 vines were hand-planted over a 2 day period.
Hand planting can cost less than machine planting and done by the right people is more acurate than mechanical planting. The plants establish better and there tends to be less damage. Clay soils, especially under- prepared ones can be problematic for mechanical planting.