Dramatic mountain valley vineyards of the world’s most southerly wine region have excelled in recent years, particular with vibrant cherry spicy flavoured & velvety textured Pinot Noir. Many sub regions have now been developed within the Central Otago region.
A cool sub region & has one of the slowest ripening seasons. A key factor in quality Pinot Noir from such a cool area is a long hang time of the grapes on the vine; this allows them to develop elegance & complexity of flavour.
The vineyard is planted in the true north-to-south direction, maximising the amount of sunlight hours the vines receive, contributing dramatically to the uniform ripening of fruit, a critical factor in Pinot Noir quality. Vineyard soils are mainly schist derived, windblown alluvial loess.
The Bendigo vineyard is the newest vineyard and it has high elevation & good airflow. This means slightly cooler temperatures, which is important in these warmer sub regions, helping to prevent rots and mold. The wines from this very warm part of Otago are described as dark, rich & lush capturing the rock-reflected heat and ripeness of this special site.