Opihi

+64 3 614 7232 172 Gould's Road, RD 12
Pleasant Point, South Canterbury , 8772
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The vineyard was established in 1991 on warm north facing slopes located in the Opihi district area, 30 km inland from Timaru. The altitude is 150 m above sea level and the average annual rainfall is 600mm. The soil type is Timaru silt loam to a depth of 20 cm on top of a heavy clay base. At latitude 44° South, this is a cool climate area with autumn weather being typically lovely warm days and cool nights. The first block, 3.5 hectares, was planted out in Pinot Gris, Riesling, Pinot Noir (10/5), Chardonnay and Muller Thurgau. An area of Merlot was also trialled has since being replaced with Riesling. The vines are planted 1.5m apart in rows spaced at 3m. They are cane pruned by hand. Trickle irrigation was installed when the vineyard was setup but because the subsoil is clay the need for water is reduced. In 2001/02 a further two hectares at the Vineyard Café were developed. The top soil in this particular site overlies a base of limestone so Pinot Noir was planted. The clones planted are 13, 114 Read more »

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  • Müller-Thurgau

    This variety was developed by Dr. Hermann Muller in 1882. When naming the new grape, he added the name of the Swiss c...

  • Gewürztraminer

    Gewürztraminer’s direct and obvious charm has made it a popular varietal in almost every corner of the wine world. Ex...

  • Pinot Noir

    “With so voluptuous a perfume, so sweet an edge, they make the blood run hot,” Joel Fleischman, wine columnist at Van...

  • Chardonnay

    British wine writer and critic, Jancis Robinson, once noted that throughout the 80’s and 90’s in the United States, C...

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