In 1985, Peter Vavasour identified the Awatere Valley as the new frontier for New Zealand winegrowing and planted the first grapes there in 1986. The climate here is noteworthy for its wide diurnal temperature swings. Rainfall ranges from 279-406 millimeters (11-16 inches) a year, arid by any measurement.
Named after Peter’s late wife, Anna’s Vineyard is located at a select site within our original terraced vineyard. The coarse alluvium soils here are comprised of stones and pebbles mixed with clay and loam, and are known for contributing minerality, fruit concentration and longevity to our Chardonnay.
- NZ - Marlborough
- New Zealand
Winery Tasting Notes
Our Single-Vineyard wines are pure expressions of their variety and true reflections of the terroir of our estate vineyards.
The 2010 Anna’s Vineyard Chardonnay is creamy and rich, with flavours of white peaches and nectarines accented by flinty minerality.
This special bottling of Chardonnay showcases the very best of our estate vineyards and is made only in years when fruit is of exceptional quality. Careful canopy and yield management, including leaf plucking and shoot thinning, ensure great concentration and character. After hand-picking, the fruit was whole bunch pressed and fermented in French oak barriques using indigenous yeast. Our 2010 vintage is made from a mix of Clone 95 for elegance and Mendoza for richness. The wine was aged in oak for 14 months with weekly lees stirring to enhance the texture and flavour.