Stainless steel tanks: 1,250l – 26,000l
Barrels: 80% French oak, 10% American oak, 10% Hungarian oak. 225l to 500l
Individual cooling stainless steel tanks
Gravity flow from crush to press
Varies from 600 – 1200 metres above sea level.
Surface and drip irrigation system.
Various soil types: Reds mostly planted on Hutton/Oakleaf soils. Sauvignon blanc (GVS) soils have evolved from decomposed Cape Granite and range from deep well drained clay loam to gravelly and sandy duplex soils positioned on clay. Each parcel showcases the true terroir of each specific region with a unique soil type.
We work the soils to achieve good penetration of the water at depth. Subsoiling is performed to counteract any compaction that may occur. Inter crops are planted in between the vine rows to keep the soils active when the vines shut down in winter. These crops will be worked back into the soil as organic matter once the vine enters it’s new growing season.
We practice clonal selection for the newly replanted vineyards. Our aim is to recognise why some traditional practices work, including Massal Selection, so that our vineyards are unique to the terroir. With its rare microclimate and terroir, Le Grand Domaine is ideally suited to red Bordeaux cultivars.
Le Grand Domaine has 10.69 Ha under vine, planted in 2016 as follows:
Cabernet Franc 1.87Ha/Cabernet Sauvignon 5.16Ha/Merlot 2.52H/Petit Verdot 1.14Ha