The Vineyard                                  

Chapel Valley Vineyard is owned and farmed by Sam Virgara.

Site location: Piccadilly Valley – Adelaide Hills

Map coordinates: -34.974428,138.737142

Clones: 114 & 115

Planted: 2000

Elevation: 490 meters

Soil: Dark loam and clay at the top of the slope, going to grey sandy loam towards bottom of the rows, gravel mix, clay subsoil.

Aspect: South facing

Harvest: 3rd April 2014

Tonnes: 1.57T


The Winemaking                               

Hand-picked and destemmed to an open-top fermenter with 20% whole bunches, followed by a 5 day cold soak prior to fermentation.

Gently hand plunged twice daily, with the ferment temperature peaking at 30°C.

Pressed directly to oak for 10 months maturation, 100% French, 20% new oak, lees stirred in oak for 2 months.

Unfined, unfiltered and vegan.

Bottled 2nd February 2015 – 1,134 bottles, 94 doz.


The Wine                                 

Leeks grew on this gravelly south facing slope until Sam Virgara decided to plant one of the best Pinot Noir vineyards in the Piccadilly Valley. Lifted cherry, spearmint and citrus, with hints of lavender and forest. The palate wind swept with sandy tannin.

Drinking... Ready to drink upon release or cellar to 2026.

Alcohol 13.5% alc/vol



94 points - James Halliday, Halliday Wine Companion

93 points - Campbell Mattinson, The Wine Front


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