Blake Family Vineyard
Blake Family Vineyard was established in 2000 with the sole aim of creating a world class single vineyard Bordeaux-style red wine from the premium stoney soil in Gimblett Gravels, Hawkes Bay, New Zealand.
The foundation of the wines is crafted under the guidance of Mark Blake, the owner, along with assistant winemaker Jason Exposto.
We have identified the key ingredients used by a handful of small artisan producers in St Emilion, Pomerol and the Napa Valley to create wines of incredible quality. The decision to create something unique in the Gimblett Gravels winemaking district in New Zealand was taken only after other international locations were evaluated.
All great wines are made from great vineyards, and that is why our focus starts here. Our aim is to allow the terroir to shine through in our wines.
Up to and including the 2007 vintage, our fruit has been sourced from our own vineyard at 125 Gimblett Road - a 25 acre vineyard in the Gimblett Gravels Winegrowing District located in Hawke’s Bay, New Zealand.
It was originally planted back in 1981 and completely replanted in 2002 and 2003 in order to change and improve the row orientation, row and vine spacing, clones and rootstock. The spacing in this vineyard is 1.6 m between rows, and 1.2 and 1.5 between vines (approximately 5,379 vines per hectare). Total yield at a cropping load of 1.5kg per vine is 53 tonnes.
The vineyard is largely flat, with hollows and ridges formed by alluvial channels. The soils consist mostly of Omahu stony gravels and a portion of Flaxmere shallow fine sandy loam. These soils are characterized by their light texture, low water holding capacity and low fertility, and are derived from stoney alluvial deposits from the Ngaruroro River.