ABOUT OPAWA VINEYARD
Located on Rapaura Road, this 25ha vineyard was planted between 2001 and 2003 principally in Sauvignon Blanc to help meet international demand for Nautilus Sauvignon Blanc. One and a half hectares of Pinot Noir have also been planted to continue our development program with this variety. Part of the block is an area of river gravels that were once part of the old Opawa River flood plain. It was planted between 2001 and 2003 principally in Sauvignon Blanc and is the backbone of our Sauvignon Blanc today.
Location: Corner State Highway 6 and Rapaura Road.
Elevation: 40 metres above sea level.
Soil characteristics: Stony alluvium.
Climate: Warm, early ripening.
Sauvignon Blanc: Mass selection and clone 316. Typical characters include ripe stone fruits, melon and passionfruit.
Pinot Noir: Clones 115 & 777. Wines exhibit fragrant strawberries and cream notes and we generally use this fruit for our sparkling wines.