Located on the northern side of the Wairau River at Tua Marina, beneath the Richmond Ranges, Parkes Estate vineyard was chosen for its deep, rich, imperfectly drained, silt loam soils. This magical substance provides increased canopy density and a longer growing season, allowing flavours to develop slowly and maintain intensely pungent fruit flavours.
Perched on alluvial stony terraces overlooking the Awatere River with majestic views of Mt Tapuaenuku and Cook Straight, the Boyce Block vineyard beautifully dominates the landscape in the Awatere Valley. Strong drying winds and a moderating maritime climate slow vine vigour to give a smaller berry size which delivers concentrated fruit flavours and crisper acids for a fresh mouth feel.
The lower Dashwood area of the Awatere Valley is home to Toi Downs and 80 hectares of silt clay loam predominately planted in Sauvignon Blanc. Nestled under the foothills to the north, the vineyard enjoys some respite from wind and a long growing season from the maritime influence. The flavour that develops as a result is intense with strong acidity and fantastic palate weight.