Hamish Clark & Stewart Maclennan
The name of this wine reflects its six foot ten-inch vineyard owner John Walsh, affectionately known in viticultural circles as Big John.
Woodbourne, Wairau Valley.
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 and is exposed to the prevailing dry North West winds which assists with keeping disease pressures low.
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. Grapes were hand-picked when exhibiting desired flavours.