Produced from Gewürztraminer wine grapes sourced from a small single vineyard block A1, at Pipers Brook, first planted in 1974. Close proximity to the sea gives these vines a distinctly cool maritime climate
and a protracted growing season, with gradual flavour and sugar accumulation and steady, incremental development of the variety’s characteristic aromas of rose petal and musk.
Sites in the Pipers Brook district feature Ferrosol (volcanic) soils, also known as kraznozems. Basalt-derived, they have excellent water holding capacity, offering a steady supply of moisture and nourishment to vines
that are managed without irrigation. Vines are grown on cane-pruned, Vertical Shoot Positioned (VSP) trellises that are hedge-trimmed in summer to provide increased bunch exposure to the
sun. Row-spacings are narrow, typically 1.8 metres. Gewürztraminer is a fickle variety that sets a low number of berries per bunch, resulting in yields that are typically less than 3 tonnes/hectare.