Waipara Valley

“Nestled between the hills of North Canterbury, the Waipara Valley offers an exciting blend of soils and climate with a backdrop of natural, untouched beauty.”
– Jean-Luc Dufour – Vineyard Manager

The Mound Vineyard

The Mound vineyard is named after a geographical mound which is adjacent to the vineyard and offers spectacular views down to the river bed and across to the stunning Teviotdale Hills to the north east. In 2010 the grapes from this block were used in the inaugural ‘Riesling Challenge’ winemaking competition involving one harvest and 12 winemaker’s interpretation of this noble grape. We live in hope that we will repeat this adventure in the future. In the meantime, grapes from this vineyard are used to make our Single Vineyard Riesling.

Planted: 2004 | Soils: Free draining gravelly loams over alluvial subsoil | Variety: 61ha Riesling, 14ha Sauvignon Blanc, 5ha Pinot Noir, 1ha Gewuztraminer | Vineyard Size: 81 hectares planted | Elevation: 80m | Average Rainfall: 600ml

Location

Area

81 hectares

Vineyard Manager

Jean-Luc Dufour

Vineyard Crew

Ben Riori, Alastair Shepherd, Alan Ives, Chris Stephenson, Doug Walls, Graham Hutching, Lance von Beuzekom, Martin Kay, Noel Handley, Sam Pearce, Tina George

Soil Type

Free draining gravelly loams over alluvial subsoil.

Climate

Rainfall Per Year

600

Average Sunshine Hours

7 hours of sunshine a day (annual average)

Average Max Temperature

N/a

Average Min Temperature

N/a

Viticulture

Planted Area

81 ha

Grape Varieties

61ha Riesling, 14ha Sauvignon Blanc, 5ha Pinot Noir, 1ha Gewuztraminer

Clones/Rootstock

Riesling is from a section of Geisenheim clones, 198-19,239 and 110

Vine Age

First planted 2002

Pruning Regime

Cane pruning

First Harvest

2004

Sustainable Accreditation

WP57

 
The Home Block Vineyard

The gravelly soils of this vineyard enhance the rich and spicy tropical characters of our aromatic wines. This vineyard boasts some of the oldest Pinot Gris vines in the region; with the original planting still on its own roots. The grapes from the Home Block are hand harvested and go into our Mud House Single Vineyard Pinot Gris. The Home Block was site of the original farmer’s house and has retained its name since converting to vines over 20 years ago.

Planted: 1997 | Soils: Free draining gravelly loams over alluvial subsoil. | Variety: 50% Pinot Gris 15% Sauvignon Blanc 15% Chardonnay 10% Pinot Noir | Vineyard Size: Planted area is 48 hectares | Elevation: 80m | Average Rainfall: 600mmml

Location

Area

50 hectares

Vineyard Manager

Jean-Luc Dufour

Vineyard Crew

Ben Riori, Alastair Shepherd, Alan Ives, Chris Stephenson, Doug Walls, Graham Hutching, Lance von Beuzekom, Martin Kay, Noel Handley, Sam Pearce, Tina George

Soil Type

Free draining gravelly loams over alluvial subsoil.

Climate

Rainfall Per Year

600mm

Average Sunshine Hours

7 hours of sunshine a day (annual average)

Average Max Temperature

33.6 degrees celsius

Average Min Temperature

-3.4 degrees celsius

Viticulture

Planted Area

48 hectares planted

Grape Varieties

19ha Pinot Gris 10.5ha Sauvignon Blanc 12.5ha Chardonnay 6ha Pinot Noir

Clones/Rootstock

Pinot Gris - L.B.S., Barrie, Geisenheim | Pinot Noir - 10/5, 777, Clone 5 | Chardonnay - Clone 95, Clone 6

Vine Age

Planted between 1994 and 2009

Pruning Regime

Cane pruning

First Harvest

1997

Sustainable Accreditation

WP1006

 
 
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