Cool Climate Pinot Noir and Chardonnay

Bended Knee Vineyard

The Vineyard

The vines have established their root systems in rich red volcanic soil on the edge of an old lava flow. This is an important survival mechanism, as despite heavily mulching the vines, minimal irrigation is used. With a focus on producing wines of the highest quality, and in part due to the minimal irrigation, yields are maintained at low levels. Every year, a significant portion of the crop is removed mid-season.

 

Vine densities are quite high by Australian standards, allowing for smaller yields from each plant. The Chardonnay clones grown are I10V1 and I10V5 and planted at densities of 2600 per hectare.

 

The Block 1 Pinot clone is MV6, whilst the 114 clone has been selected for Block 2; both are planted at densities of 3200 per hectare. Vertical Shoot Positioning is used throughout the vineyard.

 

Following some personal research in New Zealand and Oregon, we have recently established a block of four different clones of Pinot Noir. These clones are 114, 115, G5V15 and 777. The density of vines in this Close Planted block is over 9000 per hectare.

 

We are committed to sustainable viticulture and aim to leave the planet in better shape than we found it. To this end we think carefully about our viticultural practices and employ the most sophisticated of pest controllers: ducks, guinea fowl and chooks.