Distinguished vineyard sites are essential for quality fruit production says Petaluma

PETALUMA WAS FOUNDED in 1976 with a focused objective to produce ultra-premium wines by carefully selecting the best sites within a particular Australian region suited to that chosen variety, thus creating the concept of Petaluma's distinguished vineyards.
Underpinning this objective is the belief of the winemaking and viticulturist team in the merit and lineage of wines created from a single provenance. The team see themselves as custodians of the vineyards, believing that if the vineyards are great and the winemaking responsive, the wines will be outstanding.
Petaluma's distinguished vineyard sites are in three of South Australia's premier wine regions - the Adelaide Hills, Clare Valley and Coonawarra.
Petaluma recognised the potential of the Piccadilly Valley and Mt Barker regions for premium grapegrowing in the Adelaide Hills, and as a result were the first to plant in the region. Tucked in behind Mt Lofty, the Piccadilly Valley is the coolest viticultural region in the Adelaide Hills.
The now 30-year-old vineyards are relatively steep, face north and east to receive the full benefit of the warming early mornings and produce delicate Chardonnay flavours with high natural acidity. The cooler aspects are utilised for the production of Pinot Noir for Petaluma's sparkling wine, Croser. The Mt Barker vineyard was planted from 1992 in the sandy loam soils of the warm western flank of the Mt Barker summit. Underlying micaceous granitic schist geology is ideal in taming the inherently vigorous Shiraz variety.
The Hanlin Hill vineyard in the Clare Valley was planted in 1968 on the eastern hills. The slate geology and climate of the site are perfect for the production of the highest quality Riesling with a backbone of high natural acidity and intense rich lime flavours found in Petaluma Riesling.
In Coonawarra, the Evans vineyard was planted in 1968 and lies in the heart of Coonawarra's famous Terra Rossa red clay over limestone soils. These free-draining soils and the moderating influence of the cold Southern Ocean on the climate region produce elegant and long-lived Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot wines.
All vineyards are managed with total dedication to allowing the best inherent expression of the vineyard sites in handcrafted wines, including hand-tending vines from pruning through to harvest, and protecting and enhancing soil health. Physical and nutritional properties are continually monitored, while soil biological health is an active area of interest.
Petaluma has been using Neutrog Bounce Back for many years as one of the management options in the maintenance and improvement of soil health. They continue to see the long-term benefit in vineyard performance and therefore maximising the expression of the site in the wines.

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