Pinot Noir is the variety from which are made the fine Burgundy wines of France. Confluence Estate and Burgundy both fall into the Climatic Region 1 for Heat Summation. It has been shown that the only factor of climate that proved to be of predominant importance was temperature.
We grow 7 clones of Pinot Noir, Wadenswil, Pommard, 113, 114, 115, 667 and 777. The soil is Malabon Silty Clay Loam which is a well-drained soil of Alluvium parent material.
Pinot Gris tends to come from the Alsace region of France. Pinot Gris is fruity and flowery and can have good mineral aromas. Flavors can range from peach to grapefruit to melon. Pinot Gris is a mutation of Pinot Noir and it isn’t uncommon to see a single Pinot Gris vine with black, pink and grey fruit all at full maturity. We grow clone 146 of Pinot Gris. The vines are planted in a Malabon Silty Clay Loam, which is a well-drained, Alluvium parent material soil over a bed of river rock.
Chardonnay is the variety from which the famous white Burgundy wines of France are produced.
At Confluence Estate we grow several clones of Chardonnay, Wente, 95, 96 and 76.
The vines are grown in Newberg Loamy Sand which is a very well- draining soil of Alluvium parent material.
At Aroha Vineyard we specialize in growing Pinot Noir, Chardonnay and Pinot Gris. Given the Uniqueness of our site, we also have smaller planting of Syrah, Tempranillo and Merlot. Each block is managed very differently depending on the length of time and growing degree days required to reach an optimal physiological and phenolic ripeness. We have found that limiting the crop load on the full bodied reds to one cluster per shoot and having stringent canopy management protocols in place ensures optimal ripeness.
Merlot is from the Bordeaux region of France and is now recognized as a variety of real merit in the new world wine regions.
At Confluence Estate we grow the Merlot clone 181. The Merlot block is planted in Malabon Silty Clay Loam which is a well-draining soil of Alluvium parent material over a bed of river rock.
Tempranillo is the noble grape of Rioja, Spain. It is a black grape grown to make full bodied red wines.
We grow clone 1 Tempranillo which is synonymous for small, shattered clusters and very small crop loads that are highly flavorsome and aromatic. We grow the Tempranillo in a Coburg Silty Clay Loam over a bed of river rock. The soil is very well drained and is of Alluvium parent material.
The style and flavor profile of wines made from Syrah is influenced by the climate where the grapes are grown. In our cooler climate we tend to produce a full bodied Syrah, with Medium plus tannins and fruity and floral aromas with black pepper notes.
We grow the Syrah clone 174 in a Coburg Silty Clay Loam over a bed of river rock. The soil is well draining from Alluvium parent material.