This area of Mt Difficulty underwent an enormous transformation on its journey to become vineyard. As with Pipeclay Terrace it was formed from the gravels washed down during mining operations. The deposited gravels were then largely carted away and used for road metal on many local roads. Then a portion of the area was made into a dam! Of all the sites chosen to be a vineyard this was the most woebegone and unlikely; a rabbit infested, gullied and briar covered wasteland that took a lot of work to get into shape to become a vineyard.
Given its distance from Pipeclay Terrace it is extraordinary how similar Templars Hill is in its soils makeup. These consist of a mixture, across the vineyard, of heavy Scotland Point clay soils alternating with the drought prone coarse gravel Bannockburn soils. This vineyard is by far the most difficult to manage from an irrigation perspective of all the Mt Difficulty vineyards.
Templars Hill vineyard is planted with Pinot Gris (clone 2.15, 3.14 Ha), Riesling, (clone GM239, 0.82 Ha), and Sauvignon Blanc (clone MS,1.9 Ha).