Select clones of Sauvignon Blanc and Pinot Noir vines (Abel, 777, 115) were planted in 2003 on this carefully chosen 20 acre site of stony, free-draining, alluvial soils on the renowned Dry River Road. Stonecrop vineyard sits on the edge of an ancient river bed and as the river changed its course during geological upheavals, blocks of greywacke, a grey sandstone, were deposited creating a river of gravel and stones.
Our vineyard management approach is all about quality; we keep bud numbers low to ensure low yields which creates greater intensity in the wine and the grapes are handpicked so that only the best fruit is harvested.
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Stonecrop is a member of the New Zealand Sustainable Winegrowing programme and is an accredited SWNZ vineyard.
The practice of Sustainable Winegrowing helps to improve the performance of our vineyard with a focus on the conservation of natural resources.
We are committed to using natural methods to control pests and diseases, which means a reduction of chemicals and sprays, creating a healthy environment for soil and vines resulting in the production of the best quality grapes possible.
Martinborough’s Cool Maritime Climate
Martinborough has one of the longest growing seasons in New Zealand (from flowering to harvest) other beneficial climatic drivers include a rain shadow created by the Rimutaka and Tararua ranges (Martinborough has the lowest rainfall on the North Island) and one of New Zealand’s largest diurnal temperature differentials (the temperature between day and night). Naturally breezy conditions help reduce disease pressure, combine that with a golden settled ripening season and the result is low-yeilding grapes with great intensity of flavor.
This unique climatic force creates the perfect conditions to produce Sauvignon Blanc and Pinot Noir wines with great flavor and complexity.