Planted in 2008, Desperation Hill is our Pinot Noir designated vineyard named by Niva after driving the very steep slope from the top to the bottom. Five clones of Pinot Noir - 115, 667, 777, 828 and Pommard - were specifically selected by Jeff and imported from Dijon, France.
No other grape varietal reflects soil like Pinot Noir does. For this reason each clone was planted in all three of the soil types found on this site. The sandy loam produces elevated red fruits and fine tannins while the heavy clay produces dense dark fruit with great, firm tannin structure from the same clones.
In addition to the optimal soils, aspect and slope, the vineyard has large diurnal temperature changes (warm days and cool nights) during the critical ripening period, making this the quintessential site for this variety.
Location: Naramata Bench
Elevation: 1450 - 1500'
Rainfall: Average 13"
Soil: Sandy loam at the top; boulder clay in the middle; heavy clay at the bottom.
Varietals: Pinot Noir
Average growing degree: 1400 hours
Overall suitability: Class 1 (BC Grape Atlas)