The Vineyard Victory..
Firstly - great news from our Scotsburn site - All of the vines are in the ground!
10,000 vines, 3.5 acres of Pinot Noir has begun its long journey from the earth to the bottle.
Three clones of Pinot Noir have been planted: MV6, 777 and the Pommard clone.
We have opted to use both own rooted vines and vines on rootstock 101/14.
Below is extracted from an article on http://pinosity.com
MV6 | Origin – Clos Vougeot, France
777 | Origin – Morey-St-Denis (one of the ‘Dijon’ or ‘Bernard’ clones)
The most common clone in Australia; floppy canopy; small bunches and berries; concentrated plummy and meaty characters; impressive; rarely overcrops; great structure as a “foundation”clone in a blend.
Newly released in Australia: limited track record; strong and intense colours; strong aromas; good balance; round tannins.
Pommard | Origin – Pommard, via UC Davis, USA
More structure, dense, chewy texture, with “sweeter” nose.
The first of many: Brett kicking off the Pinot Planting - Tues 20/11/2012
Pinot Noir Clones: An Australian Perspective
"Pinot Noir is considered to be a “genetically unstable” grape variety. This means that it is prone to mutation, and as a result there are hundreds of different clones of Pinot Noir. The fact that Pinot Noir is an ancient variety has also allowed a diversity of clones to develop. Perhaps most importantly, Pinot Noir is a variety where the different clones can show significant variation in performance, and that is the key point that explains the importance placed on clones by many producers.
It is important, though, to keep discussion of clones in perspective. Many growers of Pinot Noir point out that site trumps clone, in terms of decisions like determining harvest date, and most importantly in terms of quality. Another relevant factor for new world growers is the trade-off between new clones and old vines. In most new world Pinot Noir regions, mature vines are at a premium, and if growers replace large amounts of vineyards with the latest exciting Dijon clones, the process of reaching the holy grail can be delayed by years."