Along with the larger vineyards, which provide most of our annual production, we work with a few small blocks that we love – that’s Small Blocks. 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 a stony 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.