Established in 1995 and located at Pisa, (10km north of Cromwell, Central Otago) it has proved to be one of the best sites in the Cromwell Basin for premium grape production. The combination of high growing degree days, cool nights, and Waenga loam soils, consistently produces award winning wines.
Minimal intervention’ is the guiding principle in the management of the land and in the winery. Viticulture practices strive for quality ensuring the very best fruit is brought into the winery. These include close vine spacing, careful clonal selection, low crop yields (around 4-5 tonne per hectare) plus hand-harvesting. A natural sward has been kept between the vine rows, which supports biodiversity. Biodynamic preparations are also applied each season to promote vine health and to keep the vines in balance.
The aim is for their wines to express their ‘sense of place’. The ‘Black Poplar Block’ Pinot Noir – rated as a New Zealand ‘Classic’ – is their signature wine crafted from the oldest vines. It is named after the two majestic Black Poplar trees that dominate this area of the vineyard.