Matt Thomson & Hamish Clark
The name of this wine reflects its six foot ten-inch vineyard owner John Walsh, affectionately known in viticultural circles as Big John.
Woodbourne - south western end of the Blenheim Airport runway.
Soils: Even, free draining alluvial soils of moderate fertility.
Topography: Relatively flat with the property divided by a small tributary of the Fairhall River. The vineyard sits 40m above sea level.
Climate: Located within the valley floor this block enjoys high sunshine hours with low disease pressure due to dry North West winds.
Regional Characteristics & Contribution to Uniqueness of Flavours:
Moderated vigour from the older alluvial soils sees a relatively slow ripening phase giving good flavour concentration, distinct citrus and mineral notes and excellent fruit weight on the palate.
Two cane vertical shoot positioning (VSP), irrigated when necessary.