We have access to over 120 hectares, half of which are company-owned and half leased or from long-term, contract growers.
The majority of our wines are blended from grapes grown across the Marlborough region. This means we have the flexibility to choose the best fruit and to maintain a consistent style for our labels from one vintage to the next. Growing grapes in a number of locations also means we benefit from different soil types and microclimates, adding further complexity to the resulting wines. And it also protects us should one part of the region not perform as well in any given season – we have options.
Defined by its proximity to the 170 km-long Wairau River running from the mountains to the ocean, it offers cooler, drier, barren and stony sites with pockets of clay. Wines from our Wairau sites give us tropical, passionfruit and citrus components together with a succulent, juicy character.
Originating from glacial outwash, these predominantly loam soils are moderately stony over clay deposits, resulting in low vine vigour. The wines are of greater concentration and depth of flavour, enhanced by the greater range of temperatures resulting in the grapes able to stay on the vines for longer.
The silty loam, river terrace soils are free-draining, glacial gravel and wind-borne loess over shallow, stony clay. Diverse stone materials contribute to the mineral tones in the wines while the lack of underground water limits vigour and yield, resulting in ripe, intense fruit characters.