Akarua Lowburn Vineyard

  • Lowburn

    100% planting of Pinot Noir with a selection of clones to suit the challenging Lowburn soils and allowing the production of RUA Pinot Rosé 2015 & Sparkling Wines.

Akarua Lowburn Vineyard

  • The Lowburn vineyard is situated on the Luggate – Cromwell Rd
  • The Lowburn block runs back to the foothills of the Pisa Range from the road, and is a flat almost rectangular block.

The soils on this site are challenging, ranging from free draining fine loam over schist based alluvial gravels to deposits of a silt / clay loam that offer high water retention. This can change several times within a row and across irrigation zones.

  • Water and nutrient management are critical, and finding the balance required across varying soils is challenging
  • Vines are currently 50/50 split between cane and spur pruned, the spur pruned typically being on the heavier soils.
  • Shoots are positioned using the Vertical Shoot Position (VSP) and are planted at 2,500 per hectare.
  • Rows are orientated North/South
  • The plantings are 100% Pinot Noir and are predominantly Clone 5 and 6
  • Growing Degree Days here typically accumulate quicker during the season, and historically this would be one of the earliest sites harvested

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