Touriga Nacional by Robert Clay Vineyards
Auction/Bidding FAQ's & Rules: **READ CAREFULLY**
- I don't do contracts. I sell to friends and people I trust. My handshake is worth more than any piece of paper.
- You are bidding on the first commercial planting of Touriga Nacional planted in Texas back in 2000. IF YOU WIN YOU ARE COMMITTING TO WHAT IS AVAILABLE. This season I will be making between 2-4 tons available. So if you win you must be prepared to have to take 4 tons of fruit.
- If you aren't really interested in the whole auction process, you already know you want the fruit, click the BUY NOW button. There is a surcharge of 3% if you pay by CC, so use the pay by Bank Transfer option. COD payments won't be accepted, so don't use that option. Once the Reserve Price is met the BUY NOW option is no longer available, the current highest bid is the current price/ton.
- Depending on the year, the block produces between 4-7 tons of fruit on a 3.8-acre block.
- By bidding on this auction, you commit to only one season, but you will have access to the fruit as long as you purchase every season. If you choose not to buy for a season, the fruit will go back up for auction.
- We have hail netting on half the block. The hail nets for the rest of the block are delayed this season due to Covid, so the remaining block will have green bird netting on it until harvest.
- The most significant risk to the Touriga is spring frost. If there is a complete loss for any reason, and you still want fruit the following season, we expect you to share in the loss if you want fruit in the future. That said, we have never had a complete loss on ANY block since it was planted and never used NAP insurance to date. Assuming NAP paid out at $800/ton, and if your price were $4000/ton, you would owe $1600/ton (($4000-$800)/2)/ton of what NAP estimated was a loss, but only if you want fruit the following season, if you don't then don't worry about it.
- 50% is due within two days of bidding close, and then on April 1st each year. If payment isn't received, then the runner-up wins. The remaining amount is due the day of harvest.
- The Reserve Price is the same price we sell all our fruit, which is $4000/ton. Bid increments will be in increments of $100 until the Reserve Price is met, at which point bid increments will be $10. This will allow up to 10 bids to be placed to hit the reserve price, at which point the highest bid wins. That's unless pop-corn bidding is trigged.
- Popcorn bidding is enabled to avoid bid sniping. For example, if a bid is placed during the last 10 minutes of the auction, the closing time will be automatically extended for an additional 10 minutes from the time the last bid was placed. The auction will close once all bidding activity has stopped. Popcorn bidding prevents bidders from waiting until the last minute to bid without giving the bidders who were outbid an opportunity to rebid.
- Automatic/Proxy bidding is allowed, but before you choose this option, you need to realize by placing a proxy bid, you are stating what you are willing to pay. Don't place a proxy bid unless you are genuinely willing to pay that amount because the highest proxy bid wins at the end of the auction. For example, if you place a proxy bid of $5000 and nobody else sets a proxy bid higher, you will end up winning the auction at $5000/ton. It's best not to set a proxy bid because Popcorn bidding will make sure you get a chance to outbid others. Only set a proxy bid if you think you won't be available to bid at the auction end.
- Machine harvesting is an option, but the price per ton goes up to $1000/ton--unless for some reason I decide that machine harvesting is the only or best option. Not machine harvesting is ALWAYS an option, but if I tell you that machine harvest is the best option for getting the fruit off in a timely manner, you decide against it, then any loss of fruit, quality, or fruit chemistry issues is your problem. I've been doing this for ten years now, and I don't like our vines to be machine harvested. So if I tell you it's the best option, then I have my reasons, and I don't expect you to pay for it if I'm recommending it be machine harvested.
- We encourage people to vineyard-designate all wines made from our fruit, but it's not mandatory. However, we reserve the right to ask you not to vineyard-designate any wines made that do not reflect the quality of wines we expect to be made from our fruit. For example, if you make a wine that's not fit to drink, I will probably ask you not to put our vineyard on the label...and I probably won't sell you fruit again. We work too hard to grow the highest quality fruit possible, and we expect people that buy our fruit to respect the effort it takes to grow it by treating it well after it leaves the vine. If you have any concerns about your ability to take care of the fruit and make a quality product, please don't bid.
- Your winning bid price is good for three seasons, at which point the price will be adjusted based on the published inflation rate for Mason County.
- If you have questions or are confused about how the auction process works, please call or text me on my cell @ 512.633.8086 before the bidding ends. I'm swamped in the vineyard now, so I usually don't respond to text messages until the evenings. If your question is urgent, please call me.
Varietal: Touriga Nacional
Vine Age: 22 years
Status: The block has one of the best crops it's to date. Three tons are already spoken for, so there will be between 2-5 tons available.
Vine Training System: VSP Trellis
Management: The last three seasons, we were growing organic, but this season due to an increase in Phomopsis and dead arm, we have had to spray non-OMRI fungicides to get the spore populations back under control. We intend to return to using only OMRI products after we have had two seasons without any issues. We used Dithane once and Pristine once. No herbicides or insecticides have been used on this block in over five years.Annual Grape Production: 4-7 Tons (**THIS IS TOTAL PRODUCTION**)
Date Planted: May 2000