One of those stories that seem to be too good to be true. It is over 100 years since the Schilling family cleared the land of its granite boulders, built cottages from the rocks and planted a vineyard. In the late 1970s the property was sold and when the Vine Pull Scheme was legislated, the new owners were quick to remove the vines. Another decade passed and the property was again on the market. Eventually viticulturist Peter Raymond and wife Melissa purchased it and set about preparing 3.6ha for planting. As they arrived one Saturday morning to begin the long task, they found a group of octogenarian men armed with picks and shovels, there to help plant 3500 vines on what they regarded as holy viticultural land, desecrated by the Vine Pull Scheme. Penfolds now buys most of the grapes for its RWT Shiraz at tip-top prices, but the Raymonds keep enough to make a small amount of wine each year.
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