Calvert Vineyard, Central Otago
The Calvert Vineyard is one of the most exciting vineyard sites we have ever seen in New Zealand. The vineyard, owned by Cromwell raised Owen Calvert, is located on the northern side of Felton Road on an elevated terrace above the Kawarau River lying gently to the north-east, a perfect aspect. The Calvert soils are Bannockburn deep silt loams: a complex mixture of loess, quartz sands, ancient lake bed clays and quartz and schist gravels. These balanced soils hold water throughout the dry Central Otago growing season.
The Pinot Noir vineyard was planted in two stages between 1999 and 2001 with a combination of the Dijon clones and the two Pommard selections from UC Davis. The vineyard is run biodynamically by the viticulturist at Felton Road, Gareth King, and is the only Pinot Noir property in New Zealand where three producers (Craggy Range, Felton Road, and Pyramid Valley) all make single vineyard wines. It’s a unique opportunity to see the human influence on the wines of the site, but more importantly the pervasiveness of vineyard character.
Our Calvert Vineyard wine represents a very beautiful expression of Central Otago Pinot Noir with more black fruited and floral aromatics than the red fruits and wild herbs, although you will find an underlying trait of these. The vineyard produces wines with a plush soft texture that is held together by our distinctive thread of silk and sinew. They are deeply fruit complex, vivid wines with exceptional character.