Martinborough, New Zealand

Importer:  Tim Stock - Vinous Imports, tim@vinous.com.au

Proprietor: Desmond and Ellinor Redgwell
Year of Establishment: 2006
Size of Estate: 2.4 hectares
Av. bottles/annum: 15,000

Website: http://www.cambridgeroad.co.nz/

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Lance Redgwell has viticultural and winemaking experience that spans Beaux Freres in Oregon, Piper’s Brook in Tasmania, and Neudorf in Nelson.

After studying biodynamic farming in 2003, he was mentored by James Millton in Gisborne. He purchased one of Martinborough’s oldest vineyards, the Fraser Block, planted in 1986.

 

He works the two-plus hectare block organically with biodynamic influences, spending all his time among the vines, in an attempt to understand each separate plot in the vineyard with intimacy.

 

Lance is rare among new world wine producers because he is a vigneron who makes wine, first and foremost, rather than a winemaker. He crops his old vines with the same yields as Grand Cru Burgundy and employs artisanal winemaking techniques more traditional in Europe, favouring minimal interference winemaking with low sulphur and no interference.


 

VINES

Cambridge Rd

Size
2 Hectares
% of your production
100%
 

Owned

Harvested by hand

 

Irrigated
Soil/s
Alluvial Greywake
Varieties planted
Pinot Noir, Pinot Gris, Riesling
Training system
Vertical shoot positioning
Fertilizer
Yes, limestone, sulphur and trace minerals
Pest control
Sulphur plus Kelp
Weed control
Conventional
When was it converted to natural farming
2015
Will the vineyard ever be converted? If so specify time frame
Transitioning currently

Lime Gully

Size
1 Hectare
% of your production
25%
Buying Fruit
Harvested by hand
dry grown
Soil/s
Limestone
Varieties planted
Pinot Noir, Meunier, Gris
Training system
Vertical shoot positioning
Fertilizer
Biodynamic Preparations, green manure
Pest control
Sulphur plus kelp
Weed control
Mechanical
When was it converted to natural farming
2010
 
 

Cirrus

Size
12 Hectares
% of your production
Buy from 1.2 hectares
Buying fruit
Harvested by hand
Irrigated
Soil/s
Alluvial Greywake
Varieties planted
Pinot Noir, Pinot Gris, Riesling
Training system
Vertical shoot positioning
Fertilizer
Yes, limestone, sulphur and trace minerals
Pest control
Sulphur plus Kelp
Weed control
Conventional
When was it converted to natural farming
2015
Will the vineyard ever be converted? If so specify time frame
Transitioning currently

 

 

 

 

 

 
 
 

Wines

Naturalist

2011
Variety/ies
Pinot Noir, Pinot Gris, Chardonnay
Name of the vineyard/s where this fruit is sourced
Cirrus
Days of skin contact
3 Days
Filtered
No
Fined
No
Elevage
8 weeks in stainless steel and 6 months in bottle before release.
Wild Yeast
Total Sulphites (ppm)
Less than 10 ppm

Animus

2012
Variety/ies
Pinot Noir Syrah
Name of the vineyard/s where this fruit is sourced
Cambridge Road, Regent St, Dodd's
Days of skin contact
18 to 21 days
Filtered
No
Fined
No
Elevage
3 weeks in stainless steel then 228-860L barrels with an avg age of 3 yrs for 12 months
Wild Yeast
Total Sulphites (ppm)
Less than 10 ppm

Cloudwalker

2015
Variety/ies
Pinot Gris
Name of the vineyard/s where this fruit is sourced
Cirrus
Days of skin contact
3 days
Filtered
No
Fined
No
Elevage
228-700L barrels for 5months with barrels of 6yrs avg age
Wild Yeast
 
Total Sulphites (ppm)
Less than 10 ppm

Transit of Venus

2012
Variety/ies
Pinot Noir
Name of the vineyard/s where this fruit is sourced
Cambridge Road
Days of skin contact
18 days
Filtered
No
Fined
No
Elevage
6 days in stainless steal then 228L barrels, for 9 months, Barrels have 4yrs avg age.
Wild Yeast
Total Sulphites (ppm)
Less than 10 ppm