Shipkata vineyard is located in the east of Mogilovo. This is the plot with the lowest altitude, situated in a 44 hectares area in the very heart of the valley.
The soils of Shipkata vineyard are of alluvial origin and are characterized by presence of clay and slime, with a high content of carbonates. This is an extraordinary composition for the white grape varieties, in particular for the more aromatic varieties like Sauvignon Blanc, Chardonnay, Viognier. These soils have the ability to retain water and make carbonates available to the plants. And the carbonates are responsible for the mineral notes of the wine.
The geographical position of Shipkata is unique among all the Midalidare plantation. The vineyard enjoys northern air currents from the wide valleys which always give a temperature difference of 2-3 degrees centigrade less. The vines start growing always later than the same varieties in other plots. This fact gives multiple advantages: constant presence of light wind balances humidity and prevents accumulation of too much moisture; more marked temperature excursions, above all, from the veraison phase. This last aspect is essential to guarantee the strong aromaticity of the wines.
Shipkata vineyard is situated on hilly terrain with 10% slope. The average altitude is 290-310 metres above sea level. An important feature is the East-West exposure of the vines. The design of Shipkata vineyards was made with a view to the types of wine Midalidare envisages to produce: a good body with strong aroma. So, the choice of planting the vines is not random. In fact, the East-West orientation is able to protect the bunches from the strong radiation of the afternoon summer sun, without altering - due to direct exposure to the sun - the aromatic complexes concentrated in the skin of the grapes.
The specific features and the advanced viticulture are what makes Shipkata vineyard superb terroir. On the vineyard are grown Syrah, Petit Verdot, Sauvignon Blanc, Chardonnay and Viognier.
Grapes from Shipkata are used for the following wines: Winemaker’s Choice Sauvignon Blanc Barrel Fermented, Midalidare Viognier, Midalidare Sauvignon Blanc Premium Selection, 42/25 Sauvignon Blanc, 42/25 Chardonnay & Viognier & Sauvignon Blanc.