The Q vineyard was one of the first to be developed in North Otago. It lies on the southern bank of the Waitaki River near Otiake, on a substrate of fractured limestone marl with overlay of alluvial silts.
This terroir allows us to create wines that are intense, balanced and distinctive. To make the most of our location, our vines are densely planted, so that each vine only has to bear a small amount of fruit. Having such low yields produces exceptional wines with great concentration.
We focus on traditional techniques and a high level of craft to ensure that the vines achieve their full potential. Our boutique approach means we hand harvest all of our grapes allowing each bottle to emulate the essence of the vineyard.
GRAPE VARIETIES SELECTED FOR EXPRESSION
We have 5 hectares planted, in three grape varieties. Pinot Gris, Pinot Noir, and a small parcel of Chardonnay. All grapevines are a grafted combination of plants. A specific wine-grape above ground and a complimentary rootstock below. Although unseen, that which happens below the soil's surface is equally important as that above.
We have four clones of Pinot Gris planted on two different rootstocks – Sel Ovaille, 2/15, Barrie and Lincoln Berry Smith.
For our Pinot Noir, we’ve created even more complex blending opportunities for our winemaker by planting five clones on two rootstocks – UCD5, DRC Abel, 667 and 115.
The recently grafted Chardonnay is the Dijon clone.