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The name of this renowned ancient site comes from the German word for 'pitchstone', the black basalt rock that dominates this vineyard's soil. These rocks are the legacy of the Pechsteinkopf volcano and grant the wines from this site an unmistakable precision and intensity and a spicy, smoky, iodine character. Two other idiosyncrasies of the site: a higher-than-average portion of clay (for Forst) that aids water retention, and the presence of a two-metre layer of limestone that is penetrated by the roots of the oldest vines. Von Buhl is the largest holder in this site, farming some five hectares (out of 17).
We respectfully acknowledge the Wurundjeri People of the Kulin Nation, who are the Traditional Owners of the land on which we operate in Melbourne, and pay our respect to their Elders past, present and emerging. We also acknowledge and respect the Traditional Owners of lands across Australia, their Elders, Ancestors, cultures and heritage, and recognise the continuing sovereignties of all Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Nations.
Warning: under the liquor control reform act 1998 it is an offence; to supply alcohol to a person under the age of 18 years (penalty exceeds $7000); for a person under the age of 18 years to purchase or receive liquor (penalty exceeds $500)