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.
WINES AVAILABLE FOR TASTING
Animus - Pinot Noir - 2013 ($48 RRP)
Naturalist - Pinot Gris, Sauvignon Blanc - 2016 ($36 RRP)
Transit of Venus/ - Pinot Noir - 2012 ($64 RRP)
Cambridge Road Dovetail - Pinot Noir, Syrah - 2011 ($80 RRP)