These practices ensure that fruit is picked in excellent condition and at optimum physiological ripeness.
Soils are crucial to the character of Marlborough Wine. Most have been laid down within the last 14,000 years carved and eroded by glaciers in the high country and carried down to the coast by melt-water rivers.
The composition of these free draining alluvial soils varies markedly across the region and influences include a vineyard’s proximity to riverbeds, mountain ranges and exposure to the wind.
Dog Point’s white wines are mostly planted on free draining silty clay loams on the flats, soils that predominantly express citrus and grapefruit flavours.
Fruit from the hillside blocks have a dominant clay influence and add to the interest of the Chardonnay blend.
Clay loam on gentle, closely planted hill slopes are ideally suited to Pinot Noir. These soils express cherry, plum and earthy characters.