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Coolart Road Vineyard

QUICK FACTS
  • First planted in 2000 (20 years old in 2020).
  • Our northern Peninsula, ‘Down-The-Hill’ vineyard in the Moorooduc/Tuerong region.
  • Our flattest – average slope is 1° – and our lowest vineyard with a maximum elevation of 72m.
  • Since replantings in 2012 now 100% Pinot Noir.
  • MV6 (and sometimes 115 and 777) from either D or F Blacks provide the fruit for the Coolart Road Pinot Noir.
HISTORY

More than 95% of this vineyard was planted with Pinot Noir in 2000 and 2001, the first vintage was 2005. In 2008 Ten Minutes by Tractor purchased half of the vineyard and used fruit for the first time under our label in 2009.

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.

With the vines now at maturity we have released Single Vineyard Coolart Rd wines which represent a warmer style Pinot Noir from the north of the Mornington Peninsula.

Single vineyard Pinot Noirs from Coolart Road have been made in 2016, 2015 and 2013. In 2017 we acquired the remaining 50% of the vineyard and will operate our wine making activities from this site commencing 2018.

Overview

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

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 Spedding and 6° at Judd.

It is also our lowest vineyard with a maximum elevation of 72m above sea level; Wallis 142m, Spedding 187m, McCutcheon 200m and Judd 206m.

VARIETY PINOT NOIR TOTAL
Clone 777, G5V15, Pommard, MV6, 115, Abel  
Planted 2000-2012  
Area (ha) 13.68 13.68
SLOPE & ELEVATION

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.

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

WIND

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

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…

  • Judd Pinot Noir is the earlier ripening 115 clone; Coolart Road, McCutcheon and Wallis are the later ripening MV6.
  • Judd and Coolart Road Pinot Noir is on hybrid rootstock; McCutcheon and Wallis are on their own; the rootstocks on Judd and Coolart Road contribute to a short vegetative cycle.
  • Judd faces due west, McCutcheon due east; Coolart Road and Wallis are flatter with a slight northerly aspect. Wallis is close to Bass Strait and exposed to cooler breezes from there.

19 Year Average Pinot Noir Harvest Dates…

  • Coolart Road (A Block MV6, altitude 69m) 7 March (10 year average)
  • Wallis (Middle Block MV6, altitude 128m) 27 March
  • Judd (Creek Block 115, altitude 163m) 28 March
  • McCutcheon (Ridge Block MV6, altitude 201m) 2 April Harvest differences (days)…
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.

  COOLART WALLIS JUDD MCCUTCHEON
Coolart 7 March - -19 -21 -26
Wallis 27 March +19 - -2 -7
Judd 28 March +21 +2 - -5
McCutcheon 2 April +26 +7 +5 -
 
COOLART WALLIS JUDD MCCUTCHEON
Coolart 7 March - -19 -21 -26
Wallis 27 March +19 - -2 -7
Judd 28 March +21 +2 - -5
McCutcheon 2 April +26 +7 +5 -

Vineyard Blocks

A BLOCK (CASTLE)
GRAPE 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° 1:16 / ~3.5° 1:16 / ~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
GRAPE 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 2001 2001 2001 2001
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° 1:16 / ~3.5° 1:16 / ~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
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)
GRAPE 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
GRAPE 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 VPS
Row/vine spacing (m) 2.5 x 1.8
Vine density (/ha) 2,222
D BLOCK
GRAPE 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
GRAPE 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)
GRAPE 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