The region’s history looms close, too. A lone miner’s hut sits on the site, a reminder of the gold rush that gripped the region 150 years ago. Steep slopes, rising from 320 metres to almost 383 metres, capture maximum sun, while the elevation delivers cool nights, encouraging deepened flavour development and freshness in the wines. The vineyard hosts a rare mix of soils. Schist and quartz mingle with clay and, notably, a lens of chalk running through the site roughly one metre deep in the soil profile. The alkaline chalk influences nutrient uptake in the vines, while the clay retains water, ideal for keeping the sometimes-ornery Pinot grape on side in this cool dry climate.
The Home Vineyard is planted in Pinot Noir and Pinot Gris. Seven different Pinot Noir clones on the site combine to make our Prophet’s Rock Pinot Noir, while three clones of Pinot Gris contribute to the Prophet’s Rock Pinot Gris.
The steep slopes of Rocky Point intercept the sun, while the rough ground – stony free-draining soil littered with shiny broken schist – stores the heat, releasing it overnight when the air temperature drops. Fruit grows and ripens earlier here, crucial in a marginal climate like Central Otago’s.
Rocky Point’s shallow soils offer the vines they host a coarse welcome. Vegetation works hard to grow here, but there is reward in the concentrated, deeply rich fruit this struggle produces. Full ripening equals full expression, resulting in wines that know, and show, where they came from.
Rocky Point is planted in Pinot Noir, Riesling and Pinot Gris. Seven different clones of Pinot Noir combine to make our Rocky Point Pinot Noir, while four clones of Pinot Gris contribute to the Prophet’s Rock and Rocky Point Pinot Gris.
Kopuwai Delta (KO-pu-why) is situated at a narrow point in the valley between the Pisa and Bendigo ranges, and lies at 225m elevation. The low vigour, free-draining schist-based soils feature loess, alluvium, quartz and rounded river stones.
Bounded on one side by New Zealand’s largest volume river, the vineyard is named after its taniwha (water spirit/essence/strength) – Kopuwai – and its place looking down on the Delta. The Maori legend for Kopuwai is one of power, and sometimes menace that one would do well to respect given the impressive force of this river.
Accommodation is available here.
Kopuwai Delta is planted in Pinot Gris, Pinot Noir and Chardonnay. Two different clones of Pinot Gris, four clones of Pinot Noir, and two clones of Chardonnay make up the plantings on the vineyard.