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Hill Block

Hill Block

This was the first block that we planted and is 12.67 acres, planted from 1987 until 1989 for the original plantings.  The original plantings that still exist are three separate sub-blocks of Chardonnay (one planted each year and all unique), two sub-blocks of Cabernet Franc and Cabernet Sauvignon (planted in 1988 and 1989), and Merlot.  The original plantings of Chambourcin, Vidal, Seyval and Pinot Noir were all replanted in 2011 to Syrah, Viognier and Petit Manseng.  The Hill Block is a south facing slope, so it gets maximum sunlight through the summer, helping to maximize ripening.  The top soil is predominately red clay, called Penn Silt Loam, but is also the most limestone rich block of Nevaeh.  This is especially true where we have two Limestone ridges that cut across the vineyard that have Chardonnay and now Viognier and Syrah planted on them.  The limestone helps to keep the acidity fresh in the wine while also adding a great minerality to the finished wines.  So far these grapes, with some Syrah from the Road, and Viognier and Merlot from the Pond have made up the majority of our flagship Nevaeh blends.  
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