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Stevens Old Patch Vineyard

Neil Stevens owns two iconic Hunter vineyards on Marrowbone Road in Pokolbin. These hillside vineyards, called “Glenoak” and “Old Hillside”, feature rich and unusually coloured purple ochre clay loams. On the "Old Hillside" block, there is a tiny patch of shiraz that is home to the oldest still producing vines in the Hunter Valley. The ‘Old Patch’ as it is known, was planted in 1867, making it nearly 150 years old. In 1993, Bruce Tyrrell struck a deal with the Stevens family. The backbone of the deal was the friendship and history between the two Hunter families. It was, and is still today, a deal that is sealed by a handshake. 

Grape Variety: Shiraz
Oldest Planted: 1867
Vineyard Area: 3.27ha shiraz
Soil Type: Heavy clay over limestone;