Hillcrest - Metamorphic Range
Video Description: Quarry & Hornfels 2008: The metamorphic range was launched to draw attention to the unique geological topography of Hillcrest and its possible influence on the wines taste and character. The vineyards are situated between 200 and 380 meters above sea level on well drained Hutton Clovelly and Glenrose soil. Cabernet Franc, Malbec and Petit Verdot have been planted on a 1.4 hectare vineyard of Glenrose soil at 300 meters above sea level. Only 1000 vines of each cultivar were planted which allows a range of vineyard management practices (leaf plucking, green harvesting etc) to be effectively implemented when necessary. To produce wines of quality it is essential that no effort be spared to produce healthy, phenocially ripe grapes. The Merlot and Cabernet Sauvignon vineyards are lower down on redominantly Clovelly soil.
Millions of years ago deposited shales were baked by hot volcanic lava and metamorphosed, which can be seen in the abandoned quarry. The baked shale is geologically known as hornfels which is highly visible in the vineyards.
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