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The dominant soils of the Victory Point vineyard are the Forest Grove gravelly and sandy loams over a clay sub-soil. This structure is known for its high potential for viticulture.
We have undertaken several projects to preserve and restore the natural structure of the soil.
More than 5000 trees, native to the district, have been planted to re-establish the wetland area around the creek and prevent soil erosion.
Different cover crops are selected each year and mulched to the soil in the summer. This provides natural chemical replacement, and stabilises the top soils and prevents weed growth in winter.
The use of our "in-line" weed digger has been extremely successful in controlling other weeds and allows us to manage the vineyard without the use of herbicides.
The decision to not irrigate the vineyard was made at the initial planning stage in an effort to maximise the complexity of flavours from the fruit and the individual characteristics of the vineyard at each vintage.
The theory being, that roots forced to go deep to find the water table will pass through a more complex array of mineral and vegetative matter and thus obtain a more complex combination of flavours.
The subtleties and variation of each vintage are truly reflected in wines produced from unirrigated vines.
The experience of our consultant, Keith Mugford from Moss Wood, was extremely beneficial in determining the vine trellising system.
After more than 20 years in the vineyards of Margaret River, Keith was in no doubt about the impact of the appropriate type of trellising for each site. The VSP system was employed at Victory Point and has proven to give the fruit maximum exposure to the sunlight, which has ensured full ripening at vintage.
Over the growing season, the new shoots are all hand trained along the growth wires of the trellising system. As the leaf canopy becomes denser, it is vertically lifted, by positioning wires. This leaves the fruit bunches exposed to the sunlight, and minimises the risk of disease.
Constant checking of the vines will determine how much further leaf plucking is required if the growth is considered too rigorous.
At veraison crop thinning is carried out by hand to ensure each vine is producing at the optimal rate.
As each variety reaches its pre-determined ripeness level, the grapes are hand picked and delivered to the winery.
The vineyard can now retire for the winter, and quickly the signs of the stressful summers growing activities are reflected in the changing colour of the leaves as the vines move toward dormancy.
As June approaches the Victory Point team prepare for the all important task of hand pruning each vine, which will determine the yield potential and shoot positioning for growth over the coming year.