The Turner "Home Block" Vineyard in Blind River produces Sauvignon Blanc, Pinot Gris, Riesling and Pinot Noir for Tinpot Hut Wines.
The Home Block's dry and sunny yet cool climate site in Blind River accentuates fresh, vibrant and aromatic intensity with a distinct mineral complexity to the wines.
Our Home Block fruit is complemented with grapes from other vineyards in Marlborough selected by Fiona for their location, soil type and fruit quality, as well as the grower's similar grape growing philosophies and ethics. Further varietal diversity is added to the range through select parcels of Blind River Grüner Veltliner.
The French call it 'terroir' - we like to call it 'balance' - the harmony of the vine, the soil, the climate and the subsequent grapes harvested at optimal ripeness to produce elegant wines.
Marlborough, at the eastern tip of the South Island, has one of the highest annual sunshine hours in New Zealand (2,395 hours per year) and very low rainfall by New Zealand standards (650mm or 25in per year). The average annual temperatures are cool (12.5°C or 55°F).
From flowering November-December through to the grape ripening months of January-March and on to the harvest in late March/April, the sub regions in Marlborough have cool nights moving to warm days. These temperatures allow an extended ripening period that produces intense flavour development and excellent sugar to acid balance.
Tinpot Hut Wines produces wines from vineyards located in the sub-regions of Blind River (Awatere), Lower Wairau, Rapaura, and Omaka.
For more on the Marlborough Region download the Wine Marlborough Booklet