ALL ABOUT THE DIRT
We believe that great wines start with good dirt. We farm all 74km of our vineyards, one-vine-at-a-time to create beautiful wines you’ll want to savour. The diversity of our dirt is part of what makes our wines so delicious! Let’s dig in!
Native to Oliver, Ponderosa is greyish-brown sandy loam with angular gravel throughout. This soil is high in nutrients allowing for rapid, vibrant growth. Does this make our vines planted in this soil more high maintenance? Yes! But it also makes for amazing, high-quality fruit and we love that.
This stony, gravel-like soil with sandy loam can be found dominant in our Black Sage Bench vineyard. Also known as ‘the beach’, this soil drains quickly due to its low water-holding capacity. Vines planted in this soil struggle and that’s a good thing. All that struggle makes for clusters with concentrated flavour and that means great wine!
This soil is rich in calcium and extremely free-draining making it harder to farm but easier to fine-tune by varietal. We have to pay extra close attention to the vines in this dirt but it’s worth it. The minerality of the soil is reflected in our wines because we let the vines take the lead and then we give them what they need.
That’s the deal on the dirt. All that’s left to do is try the wine! What are you waiting for?