Autumn Morning. Pinot Block

 

We formed an alliance with Quarry Ridge Vineyard several years ago, to combine our winemaking with premium fruit grown at 400 metres altitude on the southern side of the Great Dividing Range in Victoria.

The 12 ha vineyard lies on the western side of a granite cap, near Kilmore. Vineyard soils are red granitic clay, overlaid in patches with grey sandy loam. The Chardonnay and one of the Pinot blocks are 20 years old, the balance of the vineyard being planted ten years ago.

       

Low trellis vines, Chardonnay block

 

         
 

The climate is cold, perhaps more Tasmanian than typically Victorian. This means that fruit is handpicked often around April and into May each year. The vineyard uses a low trellis to aid ripening in the older blocks, with conventional trellis height in frost prone areas and in the newer blocks.

Slow ripening, with low cropping levels, allows Pinot Noir and Chardonnay fruit to develop strong varietal characteristics. This also provides opportunity for Semillon to express savoury gooseberry flavours, with noticeable cool climate pepperiness evident in the Shiraz, while Cabernet sauvignon and Merlot show full flavoured cassis and black fruit.

 
         
 

Kennedy & Wilson Wines : Phone (03) 5962 6448, Licence No. 36113982

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