The vineyard is farmed by Doug and Carolyn May, planted in the friable basalt loam of the property in 1994, and is part of the broader Captains Creek farm. Owned by the May family since 1909 and certified organic (NASAA) since 1985, it now grows an array of vegetables on the lower, more fertile areas, as well as being home to livestock and orchards.
The vineyard is planted to pinot noir and chardonnay on a raised well-drained northerly slope, at around 500m altitude, close to the modern farmstead and covers 4ha.
Opening with aromas of faint crushed rock and flint, lemon balm, and perfectly ripened stone fruit, this vintage shows brilliant clarity and length, with a savoury element provided by the cool climate and basalt soils, and an amplification in-depth due to the season.
Notes provided by Joshua Cooper