Clinging to arid soils amongst the mountains, rivers and lakes of Central Otago, Pinot Noir thrives.
Lauded as the most complex of mistresses and the greatest of all wines, Pinot Noir reaches it's peak potential in a semi-arid climate with hot days and cold nights. Central Otago is just such a place, with temperature changes of 20+ degrees in a single day over the growing season. The hot days give plenty of heat for the vines to photosynthesise and respire, but the cool nights slow down the ripening allowing the grapes to develop complexity and depth. Low rainfall contributes to keeping the bunches small and berry weights down, meaning we get exceptional concentration in our Pinot Noir. Low fertility, free-draining soils encourage deep root growth and with our average vine age increasing we're seeing incredible maturity and consistency with our vines. It's these challenging growing conditions along with the dedication and passion of our vinerons that make our Pinot Noir irrefutably Central Otago.
Almost as important as the environment that the grapes are grown in, is how they are grown. The decisions made by grape growers and winemakers can have a significant impact on the final wine. Central Otago has a long history of collaboration from our early pioneers disseminating their learnings to our top winemakers sharing their expertise with the community.
Central Otago is a relativley small region in the wine world, but our people share a commitment to producing the very best wines in the world. Imbued in that commitment is a shared sense of mutual progress, collegiality and alliance that underpins our culture. We are all working together to produce the finest wines in the world.