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All great wines are made from great vineyards, and that is why our focus starts here. Our aim is to allow the terroir to shine through in our wines.

Up to and including the 2007 vintage, our fruit has been sourced from our own vineyard at 125 Gimblett Road - a 25 acre vineyard in the Gimblett Gravels Winegrowing District located in Hawke’s Bay, New Zealand.

It was originally planted back in 1981 and completely replanted in 2002 and 2003 in order to change and improve the row orientation, row and vine spacing, clones and rootstock. The spacing in this vineyard is 1.6 m between rows, and 1.2 and 1.5 between vines (approximately 5,379 vines per hectare). Total yield at a cropping load of 1.5kg per vine is 53 tonnes.

The vineyard is largely flat, with hollows and ridges formed by alluvial channels. The soils consist mostly of Omahu stony gravels and a portion of Flaxmere shallow fine sandy loam. These soils are characterized by their light texture, low water holding capacity and low fertility, and are derived from stoney alluvial deposits from the Ngaruroro River.

Assessments of climatic indices show that this vineyard on average has over 1400 GDD, and an AMT during summer and early autumn of over 25.8°C. This places it within the same climatic assessment as Bordeaux and Coonawarra, and very slightly cooler than the Napa Valley.

We have always practiced rigorous pruning, de-leafing, green harvesting, and hand picking at yields of approximately 1.25 kg per vine (less than one cluster per shoot).

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