Early in our viticultural training an experienced viticulturalist reflected and advised...
“if there was one thing he wished he had done prior to establishing his vineyard he would have soil mapped it and layed the blocks out as per soil type not per block shape”
We took this advice to heart and have never regretted it.
The soil mapping process showed that some areas of our site had water holding capacity 3 times greater than neighboring areas only 5 metres apart.
Laying the blocks out by soil type and managing that area separately has allowed consistent vine growth and consistent fruit ripening. A major contribution to wine quality.
Soil pits dug 3 metres deep for analysis showed free draining alluvial soils deposited over thousands of years by the Clutha River. This soil profile is ensuring deep root growth.