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  • We only use grapes grown on our property
  • We manage our vineyard in a sustainable way best described as the reasoned struggle also known as lutte raisonee
  • We have 3.4 Ha (8 acres) of vines and they were mostly planted in 1984
  • The average number of vines per hectare is 2200
  • The vines are mostly spaced a metre apart in rows that are 3 metres apart
  • The average yield at the moment is 5 tonnes/ha (2 tonnes/acre) or 30hl/ha
  • Yield varies from 0.8kg per vine to 4kg per vine, average is 2kg per vine
  • The number of bottles per kg of fruit varies from 0.8 (White) to 0.7 (Red)
  • Vines take 2 to 4 years to produce fruit and reach peak production at 5 years
  • We do not irrigate our vines unless in a dry season they become desperate!
  • The vine shoots are trained in a style known as VSP
  • In September/October vine shoots are thinned to open the canopy
  • We position the shoots within the wires by hand
  • Flowering occurs in late October to early December
  • Once flowering is over, we hand remove (pluck) leaves to increase light
  • Bunches are cut off and dropped to the ground in January to maintain a balanced yield
  • Nets are placed over the whole vineyard in February to allow the grapes to have a long hang time, free from bird damage
  • Hand picking occurs from mid March to late April depending on the heat and the variety
  • We have 6 clones of Chardonnay: I10V5, G9V5, 95, 96, Penfolds 58, I10V1
  • We have 8 clones of Pinot Noir: MV6, G5V15, 115, 114, 777, UCD5 (Pommard), Eldridge 1 and Eldridge 2 (both originally from Burgundy & brought in via aquis)
  • Roses and grape vines are prone to the same diseases. Ancient vineyards in France had roses at the end of the rows of vines as an early warning for disease. In modern times the colour of the rose usually indicates the type of grape.
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The following is the poster I presented on the North Vs South patches of Pinot Noir at the International Cool Climate Wine Symposium in Brighton, England in May this year (2016).

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