The Site

French for “low lands,” Terres Basses is the lowest and earliest maturing block on the estate. Its soil structure is markedly different from our other single vineyards with a higher clay content. 

  • Elevation: 320 – 390 feet 
  • Aspect: South-west facing 
  • Soils: Hazelair soil series: Sedimentary, moderately deep poorly-drained silty clay loam soil derived from colluvium over clay (marine origin) 

The Vines 

  • Varietal: Pinot Noir 
  • Date planted: 1997 
  • Clones: 113 & 115 
  • Schematic: 7.5’ x 3’ spacing with single cane VSP training 

Site expression in the wine

Terres Basses is the only portion of the Estate that is not planted on Willakenzie soils. The vineyard blocks on this portion of the property are planted on the Hazelair soil series. The terroir here produces a very structural expression of Pinot Noir that offers a complex array of savory and dark-fruited flavors.