Our first stop on the tour was the Ferguson vineyard planted in 2008, but the difference between the soils and the microclimate make a huge difference in the fruit and wines. Ferguson is at a 1,450 foot elevation, however the major deposits of wind-blown loess ends at about 1,200 feet. So at the top of the hill there is only 1-2 feet of soil before you hit the basalt deposits. The basalt creates a great minerality to the wines, particularly an iron flavor which is really quite different that what comes from the Seven Hills vineyard. One of the interesting features to see at Ferguson is the basalt wall where there removed and crushed rock to build 10 miles of road through the vineyard. What that shows is the level of the rock and the thin layer of soil at the top.
|Marty Clubb of L'Ecole talking to us about the basalt underlying the Ferguson Vineyard|
|The basalt wall showing the thin layer of soil on top.|
|The wind machines that blow on the vineyard to help combat pests.|
|The Seven Hills Vineyard with the Blue Mountains in the background.|
|The trellis as the roof of the Gazebo at the Seven Hills Vineyard|
Overall it was a spectacular tour with a lot of great information (perhaps I'll share more o this in a future non-mobile post). A great way to spend a Saturday morning. And a bid thank you to Marty and Jamie for being such wonderful hosts!