Our Vineyard

Read about our Vineyard in the heart of Gibbston, Queenstown

"Beer is for strength, Wine is for wisdom, Water is for bacteria"Anon

In Practice

We planted the following mix:

Pinot Noir 23 ha
Pinot Gris 8.5 ha
Sav Blanc 0.5 ha
Riesling 1.8 ha
Gamay 0.5 ha
Pinot Blanc 0.5 ha

The clones chosen were the old established clones that were proven

Sustainability

We were officially registered in 2001. We are not actually tree hugging moon barkers but we live on the place and have a vested interest in maintaining the quality of the land and the vineyard.

For example:

  • Our vineyard is all grassed with the exception of the alyssum rows.
  • We use a CDA sprayer that allows us to use approx 15% of spray that would be used in a conventional vineyard.
  • We planted alyssum every 9th row , this helps to provide cover and breeding ground for a parasitic wasp that preys on leafroller larvae, thereby eliminating insecticide use.
  • We are committed to using liquid fertilizer , being a blend of seaweed, whale urine and ground up mermaids + other beneficial elements.
  • We have 4 soil water monitors that allow us to only use the water we need to meet the growth requirement of the vine, saving huge amounts of water and power.

Philosophy

Our goal is to limit the pretentious element in an attempt to create approachable, consistent wines which encourage the consumption of not just a glass, but the whole bottle.

This helps create the holistic view that once we achieve this bottle state then there’s no reason why case consumption is not very achievable by the completely unpretentious.

Merino SHeep on Mt Rosa

A bit of history

Mt Rosa was the original ram paddock for Kawarau Station.

Kawarau Station was 206,000 acres and ran 40,000 sheep, a snow in 1903 killed 16,000 of them.
In 1910 it was split into 16 runs, Mt Rosa's 5450 acres being one of them.

Some of the earlier vines were planted at Mt Rosa in the 1970s, rabbits and sheep ate them all. Wool prices were crap and by 2000 we decided that a vineyard was the way forward and so we began here.

The vineyard planting began 2000
6 ha            2000
12 ha          2001
9 ha in        2002
8 ha  in       2003

We still have sheep, merinos, running on the hill as well as a multitude of rabbits (approx 1 sheep per 1000 bunnies) wild deer and goats.
Mt Rosa, including the vineyard, is approx 3500 acres.

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