Lithostylis was established in 2006 with the purchase of a mature vineyard just outside Leongatha. ‘Lithos’ means rock and ‘stylis’ means column, a reference to the volcanic bedrock which underpins the red soils of Leongatha. Lithostylis focuses on the two prime South Gippsland varieties; Pinot Noir and Chardonnay. Our estate vineyard is planted to these two proven performers, including multiple clones of each. Our vines are now over 20 years old which means they are producing more complex and interesting wines than ever. The red ‘iron stone’ or ‘ferrosol’ soils of Gippsland are free-draining, warm and fertile. They tend to produce red-berry dominant Pinot Noir, with fine tannins, and Chardonnay with a strong citrus flavour and fine natural acidity. We favour close vine spacings and low trellising, and ensure that our vines dont overproduce by pruning hard and thinning crop where necessary. This is our way of ensuring depth and intensity of flavour. In the winery we try not to do anything at all if possible! intervening only when absolutely necessary. Our wines have character and tell a story, opening up in the glass and after careful cellaring.
Dean Roberts - Winemaker, Vigneron, Owner. Secateur-hardened and vintage-tempered, Dean Roberts has been growing grapes and making wine in South Gippsland since 2005. He has grown or made wine in this flourishing region from; Viognier, Sauvignon Blanc, Semillon, Riesling, Gewürztraminer, Chardonnay, Marsanne, Rousanne, Shiraz, Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc and Pinot Noir.
Dayna Roberts - Vigneron, Owner. Dayna is a integral part of the vineyard team, getting involved in all facets of wine production from planting to pruning and harvest. She also makes sure Lithostylis ticks behind the scenes.
Cnr. Mardan and Hulls Roads,
Mardan, VIC, 3953
Ph: 0407 815 940