Coolart Road Vineyard

HISTORY   •   OVERVIEW   •   VINEYARD BLOCKS

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History

First vines were planted here in 2000 and 2001 and the first vintage, under the Voice of the Vine label, was 2005. In 2008 Ten Minutes By Tractor became involved and we have sourced grapes from here from the 2009 vintage.

In 2012 small plantings (1.82ha) of white varieties (Riesling, Chardonnay and Sauvignon Blanc) were removed from two blocks and replaced with Abel and Pommard clone Pinot Noir.

See here for the history of Ten Minutes By Tractor.

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Overview

Variety Pinot Noir Total
Clone 777, G5V15, Pommard, MV6, 115, Abel  
Planted 2000-2012  
Area (ha) 13.7 13.7


The Coolart Road Vineyard is on the flatter, lower, northern part of the Mornington Peninsula between the Devilbend Reservoir and Western Port Bay.

Slope & Elevation

Coolart Road is our flattest vineyard with an average slope of between 1 in 60 or only 1° through the centre and 1 in 25 or about 2° in the south running almost due east, though with a steeper – 1 in 16 or 3.5° - area in A Block, facing due north. This compares with 4° at Wallis, 5° at McCutcheon and 6° at Judd.

It is also our lowest vineyard with a maximum elevation of 72m above sea level; Wallis 142m, McCutcheon 200m and Judd 206m.

Slope Orientation

Most of the vineyard is effectively flat with a very small slope to the east, though A Block, in the north west corner of the property, is slightly steeper and faces north.

Row Orientation

All rows run north south.

Soil

The soils here are very different to the red ferrosols common to the Main Ridge sub-region. Soils in the lower northern part of the Peninsula are largely sedimentary from the Tertiary period and the dominant soil types are brown and yellow chromosols. Chromosols (also know as duplex soils) are defined as soils that have a strong texture contrast between the loamy surface (A) horizons and the clayey upper subsoil (B2) horizon.

These are very broad soil classifications and we are continuing to investigate the more specific details in each vineyard, in fact, each block.

Temperature

Taking Pinot Noir harvest dates from our reference blocks as a proxy for temperature, Coolart Road is our warmest vineyard followed by Wallis then Judd and McCutcheon. This we would expect – Coolart Road is the lowest followed by Wallis then Judd and McCutcheon is the highest. And of course it is never that simple, there are specifics in each reference vineyard that effect the averages… 

14 Year Average Pinot Noir Harvest Dates...

Harvest differences (days)...

   Coolart    Wallis      Judd    McCutcheon
Coolart   13 March - -14 -14 -19
Wallis   31 March +14 - 0 -5
Judd   31 March +14 0 - -5
McCutcheon   5 April +19 +5 +5 -

 

See here for more detail on climate.

Wind

Wind breaks along the eastern boundary protect the vineyard from the strongest winds – the south easterlies that blow off Western Port Bay.

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Vineyard Blocks

A Block (Castle)
Variety Pinot Noir Pinot Noir Pinot Noir Pinot Noir Pinot Noir Pinot Noir Pinot Noir
Clone 777 G5V15 Pommard MV6 MV6 115 115
Planted 2001 2001 2001 2000 2000 2000 2000
Bearing Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Area (ha) 0.49 0.08 0.20 0.28 1.22 1.37 0.27
Elevation (m) 60-70 60-70 60-70 58-69 58-69 60-69 60-69
Slope 1:16 /
~3.5°
1:16 /
~3.5°
1:16 /
~3.5°
1:15 /
~3.5°
1:15 /
~3.5°
1:18 /
~3°
1:32 /
~2°
Slope
   orientation
North North North North North North North
Row
   orientation
North
south
North
south
North
south
North
south
North
south
North
south
North
south
Rootstock Own Teleki 5C 101-14 101-14 101-14 101-14 101-14
Trellis VSP VSP VSP VSP VSP VSP VSP
Row/vine
   spacing (m)
2.5 x 1.5 2.5 x 1.5 2.5 x 1.5 2.5 x 3 2.5 x 1.5 2.5 x 3 2.5 x 1.5
Vine density
   (/ha)
2,667 2,667 2,667 1,333 2,667 1,333 2,667

 

B Block (Bush)
Variety Pinot Noir Pinot Noir
Clone Pommard Abel
Planted Originally Riesling
planted 2005,
replanted 2012
Originally Riesling 
planted 2000, 
​replanted 2012
Bearing 2016 2016
Area (ha) 0.24 0.26
Elevation (m) 65-66 63-65
Slope 1:65 / >1° 1:25 / ~2°
Slope orientation East East
Row orientation North south North south
Rootstock 101-14 101-14
Trellis VSP VSP
Row/vine
spacing (m)
2.5 x 1.8 2.5 x 1.8
Vine density
(/ha)
2,222 2,222

 

C Block
Variety Pinot Noir
Clone 115
Planted 2000
Bearing Yes
Area (ha) 2.48
Elevation (m) 58-62
Slope 1:35 / ~1.5°
Slope orientation North east
Row orientation North south
Rootstock 101-14
Trellis VSP
Row/vine
spacing (m)
2.5 x 1.8
Vine density
(/ha)
2,222

 

D Block
Variety Pinot Noir
Clone MV6
Planted 2000
Bearing Yes
Area (ha) 2.92
Elevation (m) 58-62
Slope 1:35 / ~1.5°
Slope orientation East
Row orientation North south
Rootstock 101-14
Trellis VSP
Row/vine
spacing (m)
2.5 x 2
Vine density
(/ha)
2,000

 

E Block
Variety Pinot Noir
Clone MV6
Planted 2000
Bearing Yes
Area (ha) 1.91
Elevation (m) 62-66
Slope 1:22 / ~2.5°
Slope orientation East
Row orientation North south
Rootstock 101-14
Trellis VSP
Row/vine
spacing (m)
2.5 x 2
Vine density
(/ha)
2,000

 

F Block (Barn)
Variety Pinot Noir Pinot Noir Pinot Noir Pinot Noir
Clone 777 115 MV6 Abel
Planted 2001 2001 2001 Originally Chard
& Sauv Blanc
planted 2001,
replanted 2012
Bearing Yes Yes Yes 2016
Area (ha) 0.16 0.21 0.64 0.95
Elevation (m) 71-72 70-71 68-70 66-68
Slope 1:23 / ~2.5° 1:23 / ~2.5° 1:23 / ~2.5° 1:23 / ~2.5°
Slope orientation East East East East
Row orientation North south North south North south North south
Rootstock Own 101-14 Schwarz 101-14
Trellis VSP VSP VSP VSP
Row/vine
spacing (m)
2.5 x 1 2.5 x 1 2.5 x 1 2.5 x 1.5
Vine density
(/ha)
4,000 4,000 4,000 2,667

 

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