Lindis River Wines
Lindis River Wines is situated in the Ardgour Valley, 5 km north of Bendigo. Lindis River vineyard was the first to be established in the Ardgour Valley in 2000.
The vineyard is currently small in size (3.5) hectares or 9.5 acres) and entirely planted with Pinot Noir. It is divided into five small blocks, four of which are planted on a steep hill facing north-east. The fifth block is on the valley floor by the woolshed.
The blocks are planted at slightly different angles to the sun, using the natural contours of the land.
The plants are planted at high densities, between 6,000 and 10,000 plants per hectare (2,400 and 4,000 per acre). This choice in orientation and planting contributes to the complexity of our wines.
All the vineyard work is done by hand, using organic growing methods, thereby enhancing the natural biodiversity of the land.
Our Lindis River vineyard is located in the Ardgour Valley, near the township of Tarras, in the heart of Central Otago. What used to be part of a historic high country merino station was planted with Pinot Noir vines in the year 2000. The vineyard was the first to be established in the Tarras area. The Bendigo grape growing sub region is located nearby to the south.
As with many mountainous wine growing locations, the Ardgour Valley also has its own microclimate. Annual rainfall is at the lowest end of the scale for New Zealand, a true continental climate. Sunrays are captured by the north to north-west oriented slopes that reach a 30 degree gradient in the steepest parts. While this provides optimal ripening conditions at the end of summer just before harvest, the hillside also ensures cold air drainage in the spring to avert frost damage to the budding vines.
The vineyard has been managed organically since 2005. All vine work is done by hand as is harvesting every year in April. 3.5 (9 acres) hectares of the 22 hectare (55 acre) property are planted in three different clones of own rooted Pinot Noir vines. The topography of the land allowed us to divide this up into three smaller blocks, thereby again taking advantage of subtle microclimatic conditions. Planting density is high (up to four times higher than average for the region and New Zealand) and irrigation low, which intensifies flavour development and aids mineral uptake from the ground through deep rooting.
The distinct Lindis River style is thereby guaranteed.