Domaine Thomson’s spectacular elevated site sits at 45° South. It is situated high above the valley floor and has 360-degree views of the Cromwell Basin and Lake Dunstan, framed by the Dunstan and Pisa Mountain ranges and the St Bathans Mountains further beyond. The 14-hectare vineyard’s gentle slopes overlooking Pisa Moorings lakeside settlement have been planted as four distinct blocks – the North Block, the Terraces, the South Block and the Moon Block – each with its own special characteristics. Just one variety is grown, a “single vineyard” pinot noir. The mixture of Davis and Dijon pinot noir clones, planted from 2000 are on elevated north east facing terraces in deep gravel with some loess and clay. The relatively frost-free, warm mesoclimate and free draining soils provide ideal grape-growing conditions, producing an excellent concentration and intensity of flavours.
Under the guidance of the Vineyard Manager, Simon Gourley, organics and bio-dynamics are practised. The vineyard has been fully certified with BioGro since 2014. Much of the vineyard work is carried out by hand, including hand harvesting to preserve the quality of the fruit. Prominent New Zealand winemaker Dean Shaw of the Central Otago Wine Company produced the first Surveyor Thomson Pinot Noir in 2003 and continues to create outstanding Domaine Thomson wines today.
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