Vineyard

The home vineyard (of about 5 hectares) has been planted with Pinot Noir, Pinot Gris, Chardonnay, and Gew├╝rztraminer grapes. The first vintage will be 2003.

Situated high on the western end of a former sea cliff line which extends west for two kilometres from the Kaikoura Peninsula, the vineyard comprises of a terrace about 30m above sea level, rising gently to an elevation of about 60m.

Bedrock of the site is Eocene Amuri Limestone, a chalky and chert-rich marine limestone, with weathered loess, marine sands and rare gravels also present.

The vineyard temperatures are slightly cooler than Blenheim which will prolong the grapes ripening time. This combined with good exposure to the sun will allow the grapes to develop sugar and acid levels slowly, ripening evenly and completely, with harvest typically taking place later than the more northern world-renowned Marlborough vineyards.