The Kuhlmanation Philosophy
The highest or climactic point of something, especially as attained after a long period of time.
Producing wines of quality and character is a complicated dance of artistry, patience, labor and chemistry. The winemaking process is not one beginning in the sterile stainless steel luster of the winery, but with the careful selection of land in which to plant appropriately chosen varieties. It begins with a dedicated team braving the heat, pests and elements ensuring vines thrive amidst the humbling possiblilty of failure.Years of patient anticipation and dedication eventually bear the fruit we caringly craft into wine. It’s the coming together, the climactic realization point, of our anticipated vision.
When the culmination of our physical efforts, skilled hands, artistic integrity and blind faith alligned to produce wines of beauty, we thought of no name more befitting than Kuhmanation.
The Estate Vineyard
The estate soil is primarily a clay over limestone structure, though as you progress west to east, increasing amounts of caliche are found. The terrain slops down from a high point on the southwest corner to a low point on the northeast. As you follow the slope, increasing clay depth becomes the dominant factor influencing the terroir.
Clay is a dense soil type with high moisture holding capabilities with lower moisture flow movements. This provides good water for vines during drier periods, but proves challenging under regular precipitation conditions due to the challenge of mud in the vineyard as well as potential "too much" water for the vines.
All vines are planted on 1103P rootstock, which is adapted to the Texas climate (drought tolerance) as well as soil (high calcium). Vertical Shoot Positioning (VSP) is the canopy and trellis structure used. This is a traditional vineyard arrangement with the rows oriented roughly north and south providing good east and west sun exposure to maximize the leaf photosynthesis of each grapevine shoot.
The vineyard has five different blocks:
Block 1: Mourvedre 1.4 acre
Block 2: Marsanne 1 acre
Block 3: Aglianico 1.2 acre
Block 4: Roussanne 1 acre
Block 5: Carignan 2.3 acres