Dartmoor Road – Bordeaux Varietal Specialists

The Dartmoor Road is the Hawke's Bay property of Ron Dragt and Robyn Reid who have eschewed their professional lives in Auckland to live close to the land. Having completed the EIT Certificate in Viticulture and Winemaking course many years ago, Ron, with Robyn purchased the 4 ha block on the left bank of the Tutaekuri River where they now live in 2000, and began planting vines in 2002. Originally planted equally to Chardonnay and the red Bordeaux varietals, they now only grow Merlot and Cabernet Franc with a little Cabernet Sauvignon, which are particularly suited to the site. Though uncertified, organic and biodynamic viticultural practices are employed, which are an extension of the lifestyle that Ron and Robyn have adopted. The 2007 wine was made by Kel Dixon, and the 2008 and 2009 made by Rebecca Coghill of Matariki, with Rod McDonald as consultant from the beginning. www.dartmoorroad.co.nz

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