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Marlborough

"In Marlborough's Wairau Valley most vineyard rows run perpendicular to the old braided riverbed deposits. At the northern end of the Woolshed Vineyard slight humps and hollows often lead to differing canopy densities, producing great depth and diverse flavours in the fruit".

- NEV GANE

The Woolshed Vineyard

Our Home Base, Diverse and Inspiring

The Woolshed vineyard is situated west of Blenheim in the shelter of a steep sided triangular hill called the 'Delta'. This feature protects the vineyard from the frosts in spring and the different aspects of the slope produce fruit which makes for exciting blending options.

Named after the original Woolshed building which is now our vineyard office and trade hosting facility, fruit from this vineyard goes into our Single Vineyard Woolshed Sauvignon Blanc, Single Vineyard Dambuster Pinot Noir and our Mud House Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc. We're growing Pinot Gris at our 360 vineyard and we're looking forward to releasing a limited edition Single Vineyard Pinot Gris in 2018.

Planted:
2001
Soils:
Clay and Loam
Variety:
Sauvignon Blanc, Pinot Noir + Pinot Gris
Vineyard Size:
105.5ha
Elevation:
70m
Average Rainfall:
765ml
Location
Area
Upper Wairau Valley, Marlborough
Vineyard Manager
Nev Gane
Vineyard Crew
Shaun, Brayden, Ollie & Sandy
Soil Type
Clay and loam soils. Some blocks contain stony seams and ridges.
Climate
Rainfall per Year
765mm
Average Sunshine Hours
7.5 hours of sunshine a day (annual average)
Average Max Temperature
The average summer temperature is usually around 25 degrees celsius; with the odd days in summer reaching 30 to 35 degrees celsius.
Average Min Temperature
During winter, the days average 7.2 degrees celsius. Night time lows in winter can go as low as -1 to -5 degrees celsius.
Viticulture
Planted Area
105.5ha
Grape Varieties

94.5ha Sauvignon Blanc

6.3ha Pinot Noir 

4.7ha Pinot Gris

Clones/Rootstock
Sauvignon Blanc (UCDI or Mass Selection), Pinot Noir (Clones Abel, 5, 114, 777, 666), Pinot Gris (Clones 2/15, 2/16, 40/A, Lincoln BS)
Vine Age
First planting November 2001 (61ha), 2003 (23ha) & 2007 (16ha)
Pruning Regime
Predominantly cane pruned
First Harvest
2003
Sustainable Accreditation
Sustainable Winegrowing New Zealand MB1183