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Waipara Valley

“Nestled between the hills of North Canterbury, the Waipara Valley offers an exciting blend of soils and climate with a backdrop of natural, untouched beauty.”

- Jean-Luc Dufour – Vineyard Manager

The Mound Vineyard, Waipara Valley

The Mound vineyard is named after a geographical mound which is adjacent to the vineyard and offers spectacular views down to the river bed and across to the stunning Teviotdale Hills to the north east. In 2010 the grapes from this block were used in the inaugural ‘Riesling Challenge’ winemaking competition involving one harvest and 12 winemaker’s interpretation of this noble grape. We live in hope that we will repeat this adventure in the future. In the meantime, grapes from this vineyard are used to make our Single Vineyard Riesling.

Planted:
2002
Soils:
Free draining gravelly loams over alluvial subsoil
Variety:
61ha Riesling, 14ha Sauvignon Blanc, 5ha Pinot Noir, 1ha Gewuztraminer
Vineyard Size:
81 hectares planted
Elevation:
80m
Average Rainfall:
600mm
Location
Area
81 hectares
Vineyard Manager
Jean-Luc Dufour
Vineyard Crew
Ben Riori
Soil Type
Free draining gravelly loams over alluvial subsoil.
Climate
Rainfall per Year
600mm
Average Sunshine Hours
7 hours of sunshine a day(annual average)
Average Max Temperature
Average Min Temperature
Viticulture
Planted Area
81 ha
Grape Varieties

61ha Riesling, 14ha Sauvignon Blanc, 5ha Pinot Noir, 1ha Gewuztraminer

Clones/Rootstock
Riesling is from a section of Geisenheim clones, 198-19,239 and 110
Vine Age
First planted 2002
Pruning Regime
Cane pruning
First Harvest
2004
Sustainable Accreditation
WP57
The Home Block Vineyard, Waipara Valley

The gravelly soils of this vineyard enhance the rich and spicy tropical characters of our aromatic wines. This vineyard boasts some of the oldest Pinot Gris vines in the region; with the original planting still on its own roots. The grapes from the Home Block are hand harvested and go into our Mud House Single Vineyard Pinot Gris. The Home Block was site of the original farmer’s house and has retained its name since converting to vines over 20 years ago.

Planted:
1994
Soils:
Free draining gravelly loams over alluvial subsoil.
Variety:
50% Pinot Gris 15% Sauvignon Blanc 15% Chardonnay 10% Pinot Noir
Vineyard Size:
Planted area is 48 hectares
Elevation:
80m
Average Rainfall:
600mm
Location
Area
50 hectares
Vineyard Manager
Jean-Luc Dufour
Vineyard Crew
Ben Riori
Soil Type
Free draining gravelly loams over alluvial subsoil.
Climate
Rainfall per Year
600mm
Average Sunshine Hours
7 hours of sunshine a day(annual average)
Average Max Temperature
33.6 degrees celsius
Average Min Temperature
-3.4 degrees celsius
Viticulture
Planted Area
48 hectares planted
Grape Varieties

19ha Pinot Gris 10.5ha Sauvignon Blanc 12.5ha Chardonnay 6ha Pinot Noir

Clones/Rootstock
Pinot Gris - L.B.S., Barrie, Geisenheim | Pinot Noir - 10/5, 777, Clone 5 | Chardonnay - Clone 95, Clone 6
Vine Age
Planted between 1994 and 2009
Pruning Regime
Cane pruning
First Harvest
1997
Sustainable Accreditation
WP1006