One of the older sites for Chardonnay in Margaret River, it was planted in 1983 and is literally on the banks of the river. The cane pruned vines face east on a steep slope with a nor-west, sou-east orientation. The roots are deep into a loamy soil that is reinforced with pea gravel, the flavours indicative of a long tap root that doesn’t require watering. A rich soil structure aided by years of heavy composting and controlled grazing thus helping soil structure find its individuality.
The property is named after a property bought by Sandy McHenry who is married to David Hohnen. In 1976 she spent her entire inheritance buying a run-down farm on the sharpest berm of the Margaret River. Located close to the coast with views of the Indian Ocean the name Burnside has its origins in Ireland where it means one who lives by a burn or stream.
Eleven hectares have been planted on a number of aspects, as dictated by the contours of the rivers bend. It has proven to be an exceptional site.