Located on the southern side of the Wairau Valley, Heritage is a north facing, flat aspect vineyard, and home to our Sauvignon Blanc fruit.

Planted on silty clay loams overlying a clay sub soil, this free-draining vineyard’s layered soil profile is a result of historical flooding from the Wairau River across the valley floor. The vineyard requires only minimal watering unless it is a particularly dry year. The vines, originally imported as UCD1, but now commonly referred to as Mass Selection, were planted in 1990 but development continued progressively through until 1995. Conversion of the vines for organic certification started in 2009, with the established vines receiving full certification in 2012. The terroir of this vineyard site produces distinct characteristics in the wine fitting with a classic Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc, predominantly lively citrus and grapefruit flavours, with long lingering acidity.

HERITAGE

Clone: UCD1 MS
Vine age: 25-30 years
Location: Wairau Valley
Terrain: Valley floor, flat aspect
Soil profile: Free draining silt clay loams
Irrigation requirement: Season dependent
Frost: Relatively frost-free
Organic conversion: 2009-2012