The vineyard is planted with 50 acres of Shiraz across some step and rocky undulations on the northern slope of the Warrenmang valley. Twenty-five acres of Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc, Malbec and Petit Verdot form a distinct block lying across a gentle rise.
Soils are predominantly dull clays that are shallow in nature, lying over a sandstone bedrock. Exposed quartz seams that have been broken up by the planting process are prevalent throughout the vineyard with small quartz fragments making a notable component in the topsoil. The vineyard’s gravelly and sloping nature ensures effective drainage.
Fruit quality is excellent throughout, with smaller yields expected from the most elevated blocks. An average year would see the most vigorous vines yield no more than 2tn to the acre.
The above image is taken adjacent Block A and shows an exposed slab of sandstone bedrock with residual sandstone and quartz fragments integrating into the surrounding earth. A great example of a sedimentary rock based soil in the making.
The below image is taken in Block B and relates to the above process. A very high volume of crushed quartz and sandstone is bound by clay earth to form a friable topsoil soil. This example is very typical throughout the property.
Sedimentary earth is typically infertile and difficult to farm. The Pyren Vineyard site is no exception to this rule and action is taken each year to condition the soil. Throughout the winter months you will find up to 300 sheep roaming the property, eating grass in exchange for invaluable organic matter. In addition, a compost is prepared each year from winery waste, manure, and straw that is spread across the vineyard in a holistic manner. Each of these techniques work well as a simple means towards achieving a healthy balance.