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.

Tuki Vineyard

Situated in Havelock North, the vineyard is gently sloping and receives all day sun. Winters are cold at night but can still be warm during the day, heavy frosts are rare. The soils were formed by volcanic and seismic activity and are a sandy clay loam over river shingle.

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.

Paki Paki Vineyard

A limestone hillside block, 30 minutes south of Hastings, sheltered from the cool southerly breezes and a suntrap with its north-facing slopes and natural theatre-like shape. A vineyard more naturally beautiful or suited to Syrah, we have not met.

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