Rosby is a small vineyard about 10 kilometres north of Mudgee, wholly owned and operated by the Norton-Knight family. After planting a 15-acre block of shiraz and cabernet sauvignon grapes in 1996, the Norton-Knights started producing some of the most consistently excellent red wine grapes in the area and soon won a long-term contract to provide fruit to Southcorp, along with other high-profile local vineyards Abercorn and Huntington.
Rosby is different to other vineyards in the Mudgee region for several reasons. It was planted on a unique high-altitude north-facing block, which makes it resistant to frost and many common mildews found in the area. The block was also chosen for its rich basalt soil over quartz gravel, providing excellent drainage and a natural high-nutrient delivery system.
Low-impact farming might be the latest buzz right now, but at Rosby, it's the way it's always been and the only way to stay.