The saying "your biggest strength is also your biggest weakness" rings so true for many a wine producer. We plant vines in impossible places, make wine
that needs to age for years while tying up cash flow. We are the accountant's worst nightmare, driven by passion and dreams.
And yet, if we don't chase the impossible sites, the improbable blends, the exquisite flavours then nothing will change.
We strive for the vintage and place to speak in the fruit flavour. We strive to make elegant and constrained wines in the context of these factors. Good wine.
New Zealand's signature varietal tends to be bold and big. We are interested in texture and mouth-feel, rather than enhanced aromatics. To achieve this, a small portion of the wine goes through natural and malolactic fermentation, cutting the sharp edge off the palate.
The grapes are from the Loveblock vineyard, consisting of two distinctly different soil types (see Vineyards) and allowing a blend of flavours.
We want to make a more constrained wine, the unique aspect of the vineyard allows for minerality and a broad spectrum of flavours.
Like its red counterpart, Pinot Gris is a varietal with delicate flavours, but unlike Pinot Noir, it tends to crop heavily. We manage the canopy and the crop carefully to manage vine balance and to get the desired flavours. Five clones have been selected for their various flavours and vine characteristics.
We seek structure for the delicate flavours of Pinot Gris, together with texture and mouth feel. We like to make (technically)dry wine, giving it a bit of time in bottle before release
"This is the big love, the death wine and the daily go-to wine" says Erica.
Riesling lends itself to a variety of styles and a wonderful range of flavours. The soil on the hillside part of the Loveblock vineyard gifts lovely minerality and flint. The wine is principaly made in a bone dry style, laced with lemon and honey and the long crisp acidity of the finish.
The devolpment of this style from Marlborough is particularly interesting, it shows a little more of itself at every check, simply ending in "layers of joy".
The seductive flavours of Gewurztraminer are so hard to capture and every vineyard and winemaker has his own signature. Ripe orange, lychee, rose petals and acid gives a well structured wine which will improve tremendously with age.
Pinot Noir has been called all sorts of names due to its maddeningly fickle nature but when everything comes together, it is said to be juice from heaven. Our Loveblock vineyard in Central Otago is in the warmer area of this extreme grape growing region and tends to have more robust flavours. The five clones planted here each contribute to the spectrum of perfume and flavour, giving the vibrant, fruit driven profile we seek. We pay extra attention to make sure the wine is not over extracted or over oaked.