The most important part of any vineyard
The Martinborough Terrace, where we grow our grapes, is a small but very special area of land located at the southern end of the North Island. Framed by the Ruamahanga and Huangarua Rivers which helped carve out the Terrace centuries ago. The land is a stony silt loam overlaying varying depths of ancient free draining river gravels. The climate is dry with frosts and strong winds challenging us at every turn but when the harvest comes all the hard work is more than worth it.
We own seven vineyards on the Terrace. Although they are within walking distance of each other they are all produce quite distinctive wine styles reflecting the differences in soils and micro climates. It’s a perfect combination that, for us, creates perfect wines.
Om Santi Vineyard
A short walk from the winery vineyard to where the soils are stonier and the site is cooler. This vineyard is destined to become one of the greats. Re-planted in 2005, this 9 hectare vineyard has half of it in Chardonnay the balance Pinot Gris and Riesling. All the wine from this site makes the Estate label. It has a minerality and stone fruit quality that will remind you more of Chablis than Montrachet. This vineyard was converted to organic management in 2018.
Some of our oldest vines are planted in this vineyard dating back to 1990. It might be our oldest but it still has a lot of tricks up its sleeve. Our southernmost vineyard with heavier soils most suited to Sauvignon Blanc and Chardonnay. The Sauvignon Blanc from this vineyard put us on the map when it won the Sauvignon Blanc class at the Air New Wine Awards. Planted with 10 hectares of Sauvignon Blanc, 1.7 hectares of Chardonnay and 5 hectares of Pinot Noir. The Pinot Noir is planted right on the edge of the terrace and hence more free draining. In warmer years the Abel clone has often made the Estate label.
Adjoining Pinnacles but more elevated comprising 6.5 hectares of some of Martinborough’s finest Pinot Noir country. A truly special site devoted entirely to Pinot Noir and planted in 5 clones in 1998. When they are all blended together a classic Pinot Noir emerges with great depth and complexity. This vineyard is one of the greats with the wine made from it currently going into the Estate range and our first ever Single Vineyard wine in 2018. A special site that produces excellent wines. This site was converted to organic management in 2017 and is on-schedule to achieve Biogrow organic certification in 2020.
East Base Vineyard
This is the biggie. Our largest and most eastern vineyard. Located back from the Terrace edge the soils are slightly heavier giving way to more savoury and textural notes in the wines. Planted in 2002, 19.5 hectares of Pinot Noir, 4.5 hectares of Sauvignon Blanc and 1.7 hectares of Pinot Gris. The wines generally go into the Pencarrow range but in recent times some of the Pinot has surprised us and muscled it’s way into the Estate range.
On the western edge of the Terrace, 2.2 hectares planted in 2000, predominantly Pinot Noir split evenly between the Abel clone and MV6 an Australian clone that shows potential. Early days for this vineyard but the wines are showing nice aromatic charm and it tastes pretty damn good too. Like the Wharekauhau vineyard, this site was converted to organic management in 2017 and is on-schedule to achieve Biogrow organic certification by 2020.
Adjoining the Clouston Vineyard to the north comprising 5 hectares of Sauvignon Blanc and 2.6 hectares of Chardonnay. Planted in 1995 with subsequent re plants situated on heavier soils giving great weight and depth to the wines.
On the northern edge of the Terrace and a north facing slope. A 4 hectare vineyard with the majority of production going into our Methode Traditional wine. Planted with Pinot Noir, Chardonnay and approximately 1 hectare of Riesling vines planted in 2016. The north facing slope combined with some fine clay in the soil profile has us all very excited about this sites future potential. Also we have spotted an area ideally suited to Syrah so planning is underway to make this a reality. Something to look forward to in the future.