We believe this makes our wines unique.Our 2.7-acre vineyard of Pinot Noir and Pinot Gris is planted on the only lime rock rich terraces of Longbush, Martinborough. True north facing, the vines get all-day sun and are protected from the northwest winds. This all contributes to a unique style of wine, vibrant crystal colour, bright aromatics, and thick creamy texture with a long rich finish.
Talking about our organic past and present
It is always very interesting to be retrospective; naturally for us we are always looking to the future so when we try to write about our past organic influences, it has been good to think about the people that are most important to us. I would say the first start of organics for us came in 1992 when we both were doing a viticulture course in Blenheim. Here the course instructor, Barbara Sutton, was focused on teaching the ethics of Viticulture management, conventional and organic. Throughout the course we compared the two principles; we thought this a great learning program and have always applied these management strategies to our vineyard, olives and home, a big thank-you to Barbara Sutton for this.
The second most significant time came when I participated in an Organic management course taken by Frank Van Steensel, He was “mean” to me when he found out I was managing a vineyard he honed in on bad management of commercial growers. After a shaky start, we got on very well and discovered Frank and Josie Van Steensel to be the two most important people to us. We have always admired both Frank and Josie for their ethics, knowledge and endurance.
All this focus was the final push to completely organically manage the work vineyard. At this time we were both working at Murdoch James Estate, James as Viticulture and Winemaking and I as the General Manager and Viticulturist, so with a lot of negotiating with the owners, we registered Murdoch James Estate with Bio-Gro. Murdoch James Estate was the first vineyard in Martinborough to be registered. This was a great experience and a great start to organic management.
James left Murdoch James in 2005 to start our own business and I left in 2007 to join James. Unfortunately the organic management wasn’t continued after we left, but the passion went with us to our own home and vineyard, and we have been working ever since establishing our own vines and self-sufficient farm in Longbush.
For us organics is natural ethical living. When you become organic with all your work and personal principles, you finally understand and your life and thinking completely changes. Supporting SWBG.weebly.com