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Waimea Winery, Waimea Plains, Nelson
Vibrancy, minerality & elegance
Waimea means ‘river gardens’ in New Zealand’s indigenous Maori language. The Waimea Plains lie on rich, fertile, alluvial soil just a short distance from the shores of Tasman Bay in Nelson, which is regularly recorded as New Zealand’s sunniest spot. Our vineyard sites have a sheltered topography providing protection from strong winds, and the coastal proximity ensures an afternoon sea-breeze appears like clockwork – keeping frost-risk at bay and temperatures moderate. Warm days, cool nights and deep stony soils make for perfectly ripe fruit, fresh acidity with minerality and excellent flavour concentration – distinctive wines from a distinctive terroir.
Awatere River Winery, Awatere Valley, Marlborough
Flavour intensity, minerality & herbaceousness
The ‘new frontier’ within Marlborough, and also likely the ‘last frontier’ as this great region nears maximum vineyard capacity, the Awatere Valley is the lesser-known, smaller valley to the South of the primary producing area. The growing season here is cooler and longer, so our grapes are on the vines for several more weeks than is typical, resulting in greater flavour intensity, distinct minerality and delicious herbaceous flavours – often coupled with better structure and complexity. At the top of the valley the statuesque, snow-capped Mount Tapuae-o-uenuku (Tapi) stretches into the sky, and fuels the Awatere River with the crisp, clean water that feeds our vines. ‘Awatere’ means ‘swift flowing river’ in Maori.
Gibbston Valley and Bannockburn, Central Otago
Highly distinctive complexity
World-renowned for its Pinot Noir, Central Otago has kudos alongside Burgundy. Gibbston Valley, close to adventure capital Queenstown, is the highest and coolest sub-region with long, cool ripening periods. Further East along the southern banks of the jagged Kawarau River lies Bannockburn, known initially for its rich alluvial goldfields that have attracted those seeking their fortune since the late 1800s. Breath-takingly barren, the exposed rocks, sands and soils, combined with a uniquely warm and dry climate, have earned Bannockburn its nickname ‘the heart of the desert.’ With their rugged terrains and extreme conditions, these areas produce highly distinctive and complex wines.