Clos de Ste. Anne is their "grand cru" range of wines. The grapes are grown on a steep northeastern slope in the foothills of Poverty Bay commanding a spectacular view of the surrounding vineyards below and further out to the Pacific Ocean. Original plantings are now reaching 21 years in age and include Chardonnay and Pinot Noir in Naboth's Vineyard. Since the beginning we have focused on single vineyard estate grown wine from our vineyards on the valley floor. Following this theme, we find no better term than "grand cru" to quantify this new property, and title it "Domaine" in reference to it being completed individually. All varieties are Bio-dynamically grown and produced on the property.
"Single-vineyard red from Millton, hill-grown in Gisborne. Richly varietal, with strawberry and spice flavours, showing excellent depth and complexity, ripe, supple tannins and a fragrant, welcoming bouquet. Four stars ~ Michael Cooper "Winestate" March 2009
I look to the old world for inspiration with Pinot Noir. I dont want a big fruit bomb nor a dark wine with blocky oak tannin. I want delicacy and a subtle memory that is balanced with fine aromatic foods of flavour. Delicately ruby-hued, soft aromas of violets with subtle notes of forest floor. The complexities unfold with the intensity of the palate, rich cherries; red berries simmered with orange zest. Juicy & sumptuous yet refined & elegant, a vibrant palate seamed with firm tannins that beg for ageing. Fined with free-range egg whites from estate hens.