San Niklaw Estate farms a total of three hectares of estate owned vineyards (a further three hectares are under assessment) with the sole aim of producing Estate grown world class wines. All our wines are produced from these estate owned vineyards and no grapes are purchased from independent growers in order to ensure that premium quality fruit is guaranteed at every stage.

Our wines are crafted from fruit sourced from individual parcels of Estate vineyards. The vineyards are in close proximity to the sea and benefit from the gentle sea breezes which to a certain extent serve to dampen the fierce summer heat. This microclimate provides sapidity and optimal grape berry ripening. Attention to detail in our viticultural work allows us to transform superlative fruit into a diversity of wines with distinctive aromas and flavours that express the personality of each site. 

Our vines are grown on Calcareous Terra Rossa soil, planted 80-100 cm apart and trained in a Vertical Shoot Positioning system. A balance is achieved between promoting a degree of competitive stress and the stress imposed by the hot dry summers. The pruning method achieves a cordon spur system (Cordone Speronato) on all varietals and commences in January and ends in February. During this period, inter-row and inter-vine vegetation is ploughed and cover crops are planted. Budding generally occurs in late March. Prior to veraison, a green harvest is performed as necessary to maintain desired yields but in general our vines tend to be naturally low yielding.

The harvest commences in late August and ends in September. When the grapes are ready for picking, a harvesting crew makes an early start to avoid the harsh August heat which would spoil the delicate aromas. Grapes are entirely hand-harvested with elimination of damaged berries or bunches during a primary sorting in the field.

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