Awatere Valley, Marlborough
Loveblock Farm is our anchor vineyard, the one that stole our hearts. It has two distinct lots: the Hillside and Woolshed.
This 180 acre (72 hectare) vineyard is perched on top of the hills overlooking the Awatere Valley, where we succumbed to the view. We bought a bare paddock and after some earth works the land lay dormant for three years.
The Hillside is ideal for three reasons:
The soil has high levels of clay providing greater moisture retention which is essential in the harsh natural environment of this vineyard.
So the overall terroir (pronounced teuh waa – the characteristic taste and flavour imparted to a wine by the environment in which it is produced) is perfect for growing premium aromatic white varietals.
Due to the strong winds, the vine growth is slow and we tend to get very small berries producing intense aromatic concentration in the wine.
On the main Hillside Farm vineyard area we’ll grow predominantly Sauvignon Blanc and Pinot Gris vines.
But here we also love to experiment with intriguing varietals likes Pinot Blanc, Tempranillo, Gewurztraminer, Chenin Blanc and of course, Riesling.
The Woolshed Lot at Loveblock sits at the bottom of the hill, tucked in next to the old manor house.
We’ve planted 27 acres of Sauvignon Blanc vines and 4 acres of Pinot Gris here.
The soil is typical of “valleys” i.e. silt over stone, alluvial free-draining. It was planted in 2003 and the conversion to organics was completed in 2012.
Marlborough is recognised as one of the premium wine regions of the world. Our sunny, dry but relatively cool climate, makes the area ideal for producing top quality wine with distinctive zesty fruit flavours; hence our focus on producing premium Sauvignon Blanc wine.
Awatere Valley, Marlborough
Woven over the foothills of Awatere Valley, Eros is north facing maximising its sunlight catchment and providing the right aspect for intense flavoured grapes at harvest.
The Marlborough wine region is by far New Zealand’s largest, accounting for three quarters of our country’s wine production. Of course the reason is its unique terroir, lending unique characteristics to the wine we grow here.
At Eros, the dry soils suit deep rooting aromatic varietals – here, among others, we grow some Pinot Gris and Gewurztraminer.
We converted the Eros farm to our way of organic growing and have now crafted a sustainable vineyard. With no synthetic chemical fertilisers, pesticides, or herbicides used, we aim to produce wines here that are true to the earth, and to take care of the land we all share.
BENDIGO, CENTRAL OTAGO, NEW ZEALAND
Ringed by mountains and interlaced with lakes and deep river gorges, Central Otago is one of the world’s most spectacular settings for a vineyard.
It is one of the hottest and coldest and driest regions in New Zealand. It’s a playground for New Zealand holiday-makers and tourists all year around – home of bungie jumping, snow skiing in winter, water skiing in summer, glorious fruit orchards and of course wine.
The scenery is to die for but the unique terroir heralds an environment perfect for the most premium of Pinot Noir produce.