Wednesday, November 28, 2012

Ironstone - McLaren Vale History - Part 7

Ironstone at Coriole Vineyards.This ironstone is typical of the sort which occurs at the north-east corner of the McLaren Vale, atop the Maslin Sands formation.
Ironstone is a sedimentary rock, similar to limestone, but it has iron minerals bled into it over millions of years. McLaren Vale is literally built on the stuff. Many of the McLaren Vale regions sturdy buildings are constructed out of ironstone that was quarried out of the ground in situ.

Olivers Taranga cellar door.