A late starter – vines were first planted here in only 1986 – the Awatere has fast-tracked its way to premium wine region status thanks to impressive wines with distinctive mineral characters.
Climate and soil both play a part in distinguishing the Awatere from other parts of Marlborough. A later harvest often gives Awatere Valley vines a longer ripening period in which to develop intense flavours, and a lack of underground water in the free draining glacial gravel soils limits both the vigour and yield of its vines. This encourages vine ‘balance’ and helps the wine to concentrate its energy on its grapes resulting in ripe, concentrated fruit.
Our vineyard is the single most important element of Blind River. The unique combination of soil and micro climate – ‘terroir’ – cannot be replicated elsewhere. It defines our flavour profile and is what helps our wines to stand out from others.
We have 17.61 hectares planted to Sauvignon Blanc and Pinot Noir. Cropping levels are deliberately kept low so that the vines can concentrate their efforts on producing less, but more concentrated, fruit.
If you would like more technical viticultural information on our vineyard, please download our vineyard spec sheet.