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'Established in 1985, the Tucks vines are planted in red volcanic clays with the elevation varying between 90 and 110 metres above sea level. A cooler site, which consistently delivers intensity of flavour and purity of fruit. Considered winemaking coaxes out what we think is the best expression of the site.'
Simon Black, WinemakerThe parent material of this vineyard is tertiary basalt from 20-40 million years ago, which gives rise to a red/brown ferrosol soil high in iron and magnesium. Fragmented weathered rocks rich in iron, appear at the surface on sections of the north-facing block. This geology is unique to the area and is what gives Red Hill its name. The steepest section in front of the main building has less topsoil and the harshest growing conditions for vines. This steepest sloping section is planted to old vine Pinot Noir and the roots run very deep in search of water and nutrients. The 1985 planting of Pinot Noir is established to a permanent cordon with old spur positions that yield exceptionally small bunches and concentrated flavours.