Waihopai and Wairau River Confluence.
Soils: Windblown silts containing clay (loess) over free draining river stone.
Topography: Flat approximately 78 metres above sea level
Climate: Maritime. While this is a hot site during the day the heat rapidly dissipates in the evening creating a large diurnal temperature range essential for acid and flavour preservation.
Regional characteristics and contribution to uniqueness of flavours:
A warm, free draining moderate vigour site that favours the aromatic varietals.
3 cane Vertical Shoot Positioning (VSP). The canopy is maintained through the fruit zone moderating the level of exposure the grape has to sunlight. This helps maintain a certain varietal fruit driven expression.