VINEYARDS

ALLUVIALE IS THE FRENCH WORD FOR ALLUVIAL AND IT REFERS TO SOILS MADE UP OF SAND, SILT AND GRAVEL. ALLUVIALE WINES ARE MADE FROM FRENCH GRAPE VARIETIES THAT THRIVE ON THESE SOILS, THE BORDEAUX VARIETIES OF SAUVIGNON BLANC, SEMILLON, MERLOT, CABERNET SAUVIGNON, CABERNET FRANC AND MALBEC. BORDEAUX IS THE MOST FAMOUS WINE REGION IN THE WORLD AND SITUATED ON THE ATLANTIC COAST OF FRANCE.

IN NEW ZEALAND THESE SOILS EXIST ON THE EAST COAST REGIONS OF HAWKE’S BAY AND MARLBOROUGH.

Our red grapes thrive on alluviale soils with a high content of gravel at the surface. Generally these soils are found inland on exposed former river beds. These river beds of gravel build up over time as base rock from the mountains is eroded by the elements and washed down to the sea. In times of flood, the main river channels wander exposing gravel banks. These soils are very low in organic material and have poor water holding capacity making them perfectly suited to red grapes. The vineyards where we source red grapes are all in Hawke’s Bay and beside two of the three great rivers in our home region: the Tutaekuri and the Ngarororo. Hawke’s Bay is on the same latitude as Bordeaux in France: 39° (but in the Southern Hemisphere) and is considered a cooler climate region. The warmest areas inland and on gravel soils have the capacity to ripen the Bordeaux red varieties.

Our white grapes thrive on alluviale soils with a high content of sand and silt at the surface. In times of flood finer soil materials of sand and silt get deposited on the banks of the river, especially closer to the coast. These soils contain a higher level of organic material, have a higher water holding capacity and are well suited to white wine making. The vineyards we source our white grapes from are in Hawke’s Bay and Marlborough. Our Hawke’s Bay vineyards are close to the coast where the moderating influence of the ocean keeps the climate cooler than on the inland gravels. These vineyards are perfect for our white blend of Sauvignon Blanc and Semillon. Our Marlborough vineyards are both in the Waihopai Valley and the Lower Wairau regions. Both vineyards are considered cool climate and produce fruit with an amazing aromatic profile.