Clyde Park Vineyard was established in 1979 when Chardonnay was planted on the property. Further plantings since have increased the vineyard to 35 acres, expanding the Chardonnay and adding Pinot Noir, Shiraz, Sauvignon Blanc and Pinot Gris. In all we have 7 clones of Pinot Noir, 6 clones of Chardonnay, 2 clones of Shiraz and Sauvignon Blanc and a sole clone of Pinot Gris. The site consists of undulating north easterly slopes. The soil varies from silt/clay to sandy loam with basalt over a limestone base. Plantings on our north easterly slope provide exposure to sunlight, whilst the river flat area offers warmth and wind protection. Viticulturally the site produces premium fruit of low yields producing balanced wines of great purity, complexity and finesse.
Typically our Chardonnay is hand picked, whole bunch pressed, barrel fermented utilising indigenous yeasts, some lees stirring and usually undergoes natural malolactic fermentation. Matured on yeast lees for 11 months in new, second and third fill French oak barrels.