Gentleman Farmer Vineyard – Estate
SpierHead’s estate vineyard, Gentleman Farmer Vineyard, is a 20-acre former apple orchard located on the benchlands of South East Kelowna. With the grapes planted in 2008, Gentleman Farmer Vineyard is the source of SpierHead’s Pinot Noir, Chardonnay, and Riesling.
The estate vineyard currently has 6.5 acres under vine, with further pinot noir planting having been undertaken in 2014, 2015 and 2016. Four of the producing acres are planted to three Dijon clones of Pinot Noir (115, 777, and the famous 828, also believed to be the DRC clone). 1.5 acres are planted to Chardonnay (clones 76, 95 and 548), and the remaining acre is Riesling (clone 49). The grapes were planted in 2008, and the first harvest was in 2010. The undulation of this block gives it the shape of a saddle; hence its name “Saddle Block".
A north-south orientation provides the vineyard with generous light and warmth as the sun moves from east to west. Cool nights encourage freshness and bright acidity in the resulting wines.
The soil profile of the estate vineyard is composed primarily of glaciofluvial deposits of gravel, sand, silt, and clay. The acreage rests on a Kame Terrace, a bench of stratified deposits that were formed along the edges of retreating glaciers. The glacial movement caused irregularly shaped hills and mounds to be formed, which were at one time part of a larger collection of glacial lakes and streams. This event produced interesting contours and soil composition, which is ideal for growing cool-climate vinifera varietals.
Golden Retreat Vineyard – Summerland (Contract)
Summerland’s Golden Retreat Vineyard is managed by Dave Kozuki, a graduate of Okanagan University College, and is the source of SpierHead’s Pinot Gris and one of our vineyard designated Pinot Noirs. Planted in a north-south orientation, the vineyard regularly produces quality grapes that are balanced, clean and mildew-free. The soil at Golden Retreat is comprised mostly of sand and clay, which provides a natural home for both Pinot Gris and Pinot Noir.