Along with the larger vineyards, which provide most of our annual production, we work with a few small blocks that we love. They’re special little snapshots of what Hawke’s Bay can do and are as important to us for the linked history to some of our wines as they are a revealing glimpse on where we might like to go. A mix of history and R&D.
Doc’s Block: Seven Winds
Situated close to the Tukituki River behind a stop bank holding back the river when it’s in flood. You’d have to describe this block as an old riverbed, with a little fine river silt over top. It was planted 25 years ago with Mendoza Cone Chardonnay and it’s the heart of our Chardonnay love.
Seagar’s Block: Hovering Hawk
This is a new and unique site overlooking the Tukituki River on the eastern bank opposite Havelock North. A very complex mix of limestone, clay, alluvial deposits, volcanic ash and windblown loess, this two hectare sun-trap has turned out to be a spectacular Syrah site.
Roy’s Hill Vineyard
On the limestone slopes of Roys Hill, overlooking the Gimblett Gravels, we are lucky enough to be the beneficiaries of what we think is some of Hawkes Bay’s most interesting Syrah. Steep and challenging, the vines really have to hang on until the end of the season to produce something special.