The Ure valley is approximately 50km south of the Blenheim township (or half-way between Kaikoura and Blenheim). The site is on a narrow valley floor protected by hills on three sides and very close to the east coast. It has a unique micro climate ideally suited to the production of top-quality wine.
Soil: Free draining river valley alluvial soils with very high limestone content.
Topography: Flat, on a river plateau within the narrow valley.
Climate: A relatively warm site (for its location) with simular growing degree days as the Wairau Valley, Blenheim.
Regional characteristics and contribution to uniqueness of flavours:
The high pH soil and limestone content impact significantly on the flavour, contributing to the palate weight and fruit intensity.
Dark red core with a thin light coloured rim.
Dried thyme, dark summer fruits and savoury aromas.
Black Doris plum, cherry and thyme with a delicious silky structure and integrated toasty oak to finish.