The five-hectare Short Flat Vineyard is located directly north of the driveway up to Tyrrell’s Wines at an elevation of about 110 metres. The vineyard is a mosaic of vine ages, with the oldest Semillon vines dating back to 1923 and 1927. There are also blocks of Chardonnay vines that date back to 1968, while the youngest vines were planted in 2001. The Semillon is planted in the middle of the vineyard, where the soils are quite uniform sandy loams, while the Chardonnay is planted more sporadically in sites where the soils best suit the variety. Fruit from the Semillon vines goes into our flagship Vat 1 Semillon, while the Chardonnay grapes go into our Short Flat “Old Vines” Chardonnay and flagship Vat 47 Chardonnay.
Within the Short Flat vineyard are two distinct named blocks: the Mathews and Contours vineyards. Grapes from these vineyards, which were both planted in 1968 and are both situated at an elevation of about 115m, form an integral part of the blend in our flagship Vat 9 Shiraz. Usually one of the first Shiraz blocks to be picked, the 0.5-hectare Mathews vineyard is located on the south-eastern corner of the Short Flat vineyard on deep-red podzolic clay. The 0.9-hectare Contours, one of the best blocks on the Ashman estate and Chris Tyrrell’s favourite vineyard, is on the rise just above the Semillon as the soil begins to change to a darker, heavy sandy loam.