Vineyard and Climate
At an altitude of 600m this is one of the highest vineyards in Victoria. There are 20 Hectares (50 acres) under vine. The climate and soil type are comparable to the best wine growing areas in Europe. In addition to this, clean water and clear air coupled with very cold winters, hot summer days and cool nights makes for intensely flavoured high quality grapes.
Varieties and Plantings
Pinot Gris – 2 Hectares
The soil type is a-strata 6, duplex soil clay loam. These soils are found on very ancient river terraces, and in some areas are overlain with colluvial material (vi mb). These soils have excellent water holding capacity and require minimum to nil irrigation.
Annapurna Estate is in danger of destructive frosts especially during spring after bud burst. After a severe frost 1996 and 1999, the irrigation system was put in – which is only for frost mitigation. An alarm sounds if the temperature falls too low, and the pump is turned on, and pumps water up from the dam, through the reticulation system and over the vines until dawn.
1200 – 1400 ml per annum
Annapurna Estate produces single estate, cool climate wines. The fruit takes longer to ripen and harvest is later than in warm climates, which allows it time to develop intense flavours. The aim is to express the natural flavours and colours of the fruit, so the style is fresh and elegant, with very little wood or treatment.