Vavasour’s 85 hectare (196-acre) estate vineyard is located in the renowned
Awatere Valley. The climate here is noteworthy for its wide diurnal temperature
swings—an attribute that contributes to strong personality and incredible balance
in the wines. The vineyard’s soils are low in fertility and comprised of stones and
pebbles mixed with clay and loam. The rainfall ranges from 279-406 millimeters
(11-16 inches) a year, very arid by any measurement.
Our 2011 Pinot features a number of high-quality, low-yielding clones—
114, 115, 667, 777 and AM 10/6—that have been carefully matched to
individual micro-terroirs within our vineyard. To extract optimum color,
flavor and tannin we used traditional, Burgundian hand-plunging techniques
during fermentation. Eleven months in French oak barriques (30% new)
provided additional aromatics, flavors and structure to the wine.