Vineyards

Peregrine draws fruit from a representative selection of eleven vineyard sites from three major sub-regions of Central Otago; Gibbston, Lowburn and Bendigo.

Three of the vineyard sites are owned / managed by Peregrine. These vineyard sites are all organically farmed. The quality fruit focus starts with the company philosophy of "the soil being the vine's stomach" and soil health is continually enhanced by feeding the soil and inhabitant organisms with specially-made composts brewed onsite with ingredients of pomace (winery waste), straw, baleage and cow manure which are all also produced onsite.

Living in harmony with the environment and bio-diversity are both achieved with a carefully thought out rotation of cover crops sown between the rows and the necessity for any herbicide totally eliminated by a combination of undervine weeders and sheep grazing at key times during the growing season.

Peregrine owned / managed vineyards:

Bendigo Vineyard
8ha
VSP canopies
Predominately Molyneaux soils with some heavier pockets of deep loam
Flat Contour
Planted in 2003 with Pinot Noir (777, 667, Abel) and Pinot Gris (Sel Ovaille) on various rootstocks
2m row spacings, 3500 vines/ha
Farmed organically, BioGro certified
Bendigo Vineyard Map (PDF 215KB)

Logan Town Vineyard
5.2ha
VSP canopies
Molyneaux soils with a small area of Waenga loam
Flat contour with a small area planted on a warm north sloping face
Planted in 2000 with Pinot Noir (777, 667, 115, Abel), Pinot Gris (Sel Ovaille) and Riesling (GM 110) on various rootstocks
2m row spacings
Farmed organically, BioGro certified
Logan Town Vineyard Map (PDF 100KB)

Gibbston
27ha
North facing slope
Planted in 1998 Pinot Noir, Pinot Gris and Chardonnay, predominately all on own roots
VSP and highwire canopy
Spur Pruned
Row spacing 2.4 and 2.6m
Farmed organically, BioGro certified
Gibbston Vineyard Map (PDF 740KB)


In addition to estate grown fruit Peregrine draws fruit supply from eight chosen sites throughout Central Otago. These sites encompass the following sub-regions:

Gibbston

  • The coolest sub-region, average growing degree days 850 pa
  • Rainfall average 603 mm
  • Home to some of the first commercially planted vineyards in Central Otago
  • Tucked in a tight valley, providing a micro climate and sloping to steep sites
  • Gibbston is the highest (vineyards between 320 and 420 metres altitude) and cooler of all the subregions but comes into its own in warmer years
  • Soils classified as Schist aluvial loams, generally about 30cm deep overlaying deep gravels
  • Old river / lake beds with some glacial influence
  • Flavour profile for Pinot Noir from Gibbston is more of the red fruits - raspberry and strawberries with a degree of elegance and finess that comes from protracted ripening

Lowburn

  • The Cromwell subregion includes Lowburn, Cairnmuir and Bannockburn
  • Warmer region than Gibbston, average growing degree days 1100 pa
  • Rainfall average 586 mm
  • Light stony soils
  • Predominantly flat sites
  • Warm, early ripening district dominated by semi arid flat to undulating high terraces and moraines and gently sloping fans
  • Large variations in soil types - clay rich to gravels
  • Old riverbeds and lakebeds and sizeable variations in heat summation over short distances
  • Flavour profile of Pinot Noir from these areas typified by dark fruit, plums, cherries and general fruit density

Bendigo

  • The warmest sub-region, average growing degree days 1240 pa
  • Very little rainfall – average 370mm
  • Lighter schist soils
  • Contoured river valley with terraces and slopes
  • Lying east of the Clutha River and Lake Dunstan has both intermediate (220 metres) and higher terraces (330 to 350m) planted in grapes
  • Warm and semi arid area, soils of variable depth and free draining with shallower soils at higher altitude
  • A mixture of 15d slopes and flat plantings, free draining soil
  • Soils have never done any work in their life but are keen to do something … have limitations due to low organic matter.
  • Flavor profile for Pinot Noir from this subregion is of boysenberry and bilberry, dark fruits and very strong tannin structure

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