Larry McKenna


Pahi Vineyard

First planted by Jack McCreanor in 1986 this 2.5ha site is amongst the oldest Pinot Noir vineyards in New Zealand.  A richer version of the Martinborough alluvial gravels the site gives a unique power and depth perhaps more recognizable in New World wines. Both grafted and own rooted clone 10/5 vines unite to produce a fruit purity which allows the wine making complexities to shine. The importance of vine age is vital to the success of this site and in fact all quality wines. Terroir is usually not expressed clearly until the vines are at least 20 years old giving them time to “settle” into their surroundings and develop the site derived fauna and flora.