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Winegrowing Philosophy

Farming will always be the keystone for Delmas. We believe that world-class wine is derived from estate vineyards—meticulously cultivated and sustainably farmed. For us, this is a family journey. From the start we’ve focused on involvement within the larger wine community, upping our game with every growing season and celebrating the work of our peers.

We belive that terroir is a partnership between the winegrower and place. We embrace the advantage of SJR's own-rooted vines, which are more sensitive/expressive of the terroir. Delmas produces small lots of estate wines from a single vineyard; showcasing distinctive qualities of that place and nowhere else.

We take full control of the entire process from growing the grapes to selling the wine. Yet, we take pleasure in knowing that there is always a random element; we never know precisely what Mother Nature may decide to express. This reality leads to vintage variation. We adapt to seasonal variation by focusing our efforts on the quality of the work necessary to achieve balance in the vineyard, and allowing the character of each vintage to stand tall.

And, in response to potential extreme winter cold that can result in bud damage, the cutting down of trunks and retraining required of spur positions, we created/established a new training form (a mini-head trained system, or, MHT) for Syrah and Grenache at SJR. The advantage of this architecture allows for permanent spur positions.

Finally, we have employed a management strategy that, at its core, relies on boots-in-the-rows and viticultural practices that achieve a balanced and respectful expression of SJR Vineyard.

What Winemakers Say

SJR Vineyard currently supplies fruit to Rasa Vineyards, The Walls, and Force Majeure.

Todd Alexander at Force Majeure (forcemajeurevineyards.com)

"I have been a firsthand witness to the care, attention and hard work that Steve, Brooke and Mary Robertson have put into SJR Vineyard and Delmas. SJR Vineyard is a beautiful site with so much potential that is only just beginning to be expressed. We are very excited to be part of what they’re doing, and to craft another unique expression from this special place that has so much to offer.”

Billo Naravane at Rasa Vineyards (rasavineyards.com)

"SJR Vineyard produces Syrah with an amazing sense of terroir; there is a haunting earthiness and minerality that is present in all of the wines from this vineyard. The resulting wines have that rare combination of elegance, finesse, and power without heaviness. SJR Vineyard is a site that truly has something spectacular to say."