Marlborough’s lower Wairau region, east of Blenheim township.
Soils: Even, fertile, deep, free-draining silt loam.
Flat and even. Approximately three metres above sea level.
Maritime. Slightly cooler than most of
the Marlborough valley with a slower annual ripening period.
Regional characteristics and contribution to uniqueness of flavours:
Rows are planted north-east to south-west at a 43 degree angle rather than the typical north to south. This leads to slightly greener characters in grapes on the south facing side and more tropical characters in grapes on the north facing side. The resulting wine is therefore multi-dimensional and complex. The site is cooler than some other areas of the valley and hence slower to ripen. The distinguishing flavours are crushed herbs (often associated with the coastal Awatere region) and an absence of sweaty characteristics.
Vertical shoot positioning, four cane.