We are immensely proud of our vineyard and we tend it with a diligence second to none. We crop and yield low on dry grown vines of low vigour.
Our viticultural practices involve preventative management of common vineyard diseases and pests with the bare minimum of chemical intervention and every year we use less and less nasties.
The vineyard is laid out in a N/S row orientation with vines spaced at 1.5m apart with 2.5m between rows. Extensive experimental work has been done in the vineyard to determine the best training system to adopt for our particular situation including Scott Henry, spur pruning and Vertical Shoot Positioning (VSP) allowing us to confidently settle on VSP. Similarly, in order to keep yields low and maximise high quality we have moved to cane pruning to two canes per vine which we are confident will help us raise the quality bar even higher.
Clonal selection has also been an important factor in terms of fine tuning our viticultural practices for our specific climatic and soil conditions. We have a number of Pinot clones which gives us plenty of room to work with when making our wines. Currently we have 1.0ha of Pinot Noir, 1.0ha of Chardonnay, 0.5ha of Cabernet Sauvignon, 0.5ha of Merlot and 1.5ha of Riesling.
During the growing season we hand tend the vines including individual shoot positioning, shoot tipping and thinning, leaf plucking and bunch thinning all with the aim of maximising quality. These practices also have the secondary effect of reducing any disease or pest pressure.