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Bellbird Spring White Blend Waipara Home Block White 2008

Region: Canterbury » Waipara

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Color: White
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Bellbird Spring:
In 2002 the Porter family returned from the UK to New Zealand after many years away. Coming back to Canterbury in New Zealand's South Island to make their home at Bellbird Spring in the Waipara Valley. Bellbird Spring, Home Block Vineyard is 5.2 hectares in area. Here on a terrace above the Waipara river they have planted Pinot Gris, Gewurztraminer, Riesling and Muscat Ottonell on one hectare... Read more
In 2002 the Porter family returned from the UK to New Zealand after many years away. Coming back to Canterbury in New Zealand's South Island to make their home at Bellbird Spring in the Waipara Valley. Bellbird Spring, Home Block Vineyard is 5.2 hectares in area. Here on a terrace above the Waipara river they have planted Pinot Gris, Gewurztraminer, Riesling and Muscat Ottonell on one hectare of this site to make Home Block White - our Vin de Terroir. Sauvignon Blanc was also planted and is used for 'The Pruner's Reward' label. Wines from this site show exellent aroma and fruit character. Two years later and they bought another site. A clay slope to the north of the river which we named Block Eight. Sauvignon Blanc was planted here too, making a fuller old barrel fermented style. Pinot Gris was also planted, once again producing weightier wines than the Home Block terrace site. Each member of our family plays a part. Tom and Sheila Porter have their home here and produce extra virgin olive oil from a grove on the Home Block. Their daughter, Alex, runs the company's office whilst their son Guy, a winemaking graduate of Adelaide University, manages the vineyard and makes the wine. Wayne Painter, our Vineyard supervisor has been with us from the start and is practically one of the family too. Lying 60 kilometres north of Canterbury in New Zealand’s South Island, the Waipara Valley enjoys a cool climate with low rainfall and long, sunny autumns. This dry, ‘Indian Summer’ allows our fruit to ripen slowly during a long growing season with remarkably similar conditions to those found in Alsace. On the Home Block - soil is classic alluvial bench and our vines have sunk their roots deep into the Glasnevin gravels of the Waipara Valley terraces. In these poor, free-draining soils vine vigour is naturally restrained, yields are low, and the plant maintains an innate balance between vegetation and fruit. Block Eight is composed of stoney, sandy Domett clay. It is warmer than the Home Block and ripeness comes a little earlier. Nevertheless, much manual work remains. Leaves are plucked to expose the fruit to the sun, fruit may be thinned to balance yield with concentration, and the grapes for our single-vineyard wines are harvested entirely by hand. Once each harvest is complete we return again in the winter to prune and then, with spring, the cycle of work and growth begins again. Read less


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