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Deep, dark crimson. Big and rich, with sweet berry fruits, earthy mushroom and hints of tobacco. Fleshy black plum, with layers of cherry and sweet berries that play on the palate and dance with notes of violet.
Loveblock is the love-child of Kim and Erica Crawford, created after a short break from the industry and the sale of their first wine label, which still carries Kim’s full name. Founded in the early 2000’s high on the hills overlooking Marlborough’s Awatere Valley, Loveblock is anchored in two distinct plots, Hillside and Woolshed. In 2008 they also planted in Central Otago in order to produce authentic Pinot Noir.
Erica and Kim use 100% organic processes to grow their grapes allowing both sites to fully express pure and naked terroir in their wines. The Loveblock team believe in sharing the love affair between humans and the land through their wines, and employ the lowest-intervention farming techniques possible.
The resulting Loveblock wines are extremely delicate, finely-balanced, elegant and fragile. Every vintage and variety is processed at its own pace, at small Organically Certified Wineries.
Found at the extreme limits of winemaking, Central Otago is found at 44° and 45° south and is home to some of the most southerly vineyards the world has to offer. Boasting breathtaking landscapes and an extreme climate, the local economy has garnered global recognition for its merino wool. However, over the previous decade, the majority of land has been shifted away from pasture, to being under vine. In 1996 Otago only had 11 vineyards, while today the region has a legion over 100 strong. The incredibly balanced styles of wine that flow from the region aren’t something to be missed, with Central Otago being the first in the world to challenge Burgundy’s production of Pinot Noir.
Central Otago’s four primary sub-regions are Wanaka, Gibbston, Bannockburn and Alexandra. While all are situated relatively close together and each has the same stony free-draining soil base, their full profiles vary immensely, but are glacially derived and have rich deposits of mica and schist making it ideal for the production of Pinot Noir, which just happens to be 80% of the production there. The excellent drainage helps retain mineral richness whilst temperatures can vary from 30degrees during ripening days to only 8degrees overnight, this swift shift allows the grape ripening process to stop more suddenly overnight, thus retaining all the wonderful natural acidity and fruit concentration this region can offer, to us this provides Central Otago with an intensely fruit-forward character no other region of New Zealand can replicate. Autumn frosts are a risk here too, so it’s just as well the growers down here have their wits about them…