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 believe 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.