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About Opihi Vineyard
The altitude is 150 m above sea level and the average annual rainfall is 600mm. The soil type is Timaru silt loam to a depth of 20 cm, on top of a heavy clay base. At latitude 45 South, this is a cool climate area, with autumn weather being typically lovely warm days and cool nights.
The first block, 3.5 hectares, was planted out in Pinot Gris, Riesling, Pinot Noir, Chardonnay and Muller Thurgau. An area of Merlot was also trialled but has since been replaced with Riesling. In 2001/02 a further two hectares were developed. The top soil in this particular site overlies a base of limestone so Pinot Noir was planted. The vines are planted 1.5m apart in rows spaced at 3m. They are cane pruned by hand. Trickle irrigation was installed when the vineyard was setup but because the subsoil is clay the need for water is reduced.
Shoot thinning, leaf plucking and bunch thinning are all carried out to control yields which are purposely kept low so that the fruit can ripen as fully as possible. Selective hand picking during April and May guarantees that only the best grapes are harvested.
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