Haythornthwaite – Martinborough Spice

While Mark and Susan Haythornthwaite have their 4.45 ha vineyard on the Martinborough Terrace and produce a classical Pinot Noir, they have become known as specialists in Gewurztraminer. Situated on Omarere Road amidst other proven vineyards, the Haythornthwaite Vineyard was established in 1992 with 3.25 ha planted then, the remainder over 2005 and 2006. Their first release was a 1997 Pinot Noir, and the variety has gone on to be the most successful for them. Besides Pinot Noir and Gewurztraminer, Pinot Gris is planted, with some Sauvignon Blanc sourced locally. All the vines are on phylloxera resistant rootstock and the Haythornthwaites have several clones of Pinot Noir and Gewurztraminer for complexity, but use the proven old ‘Mission' Pinot Gris clone solely. Though Mark and Susan work in the corporate world, they are fully-hands-on in the operation. The Haythornthwaites have Glenn Smith as their vineyard manager and veteran Chris Buring as their contracted winemaker. Each of the wines carries the name of a family member or close friend, and this has proven to be a striking point of difference on the labels. Here is a selection of new and current release wines. www.haythornthwaite.co.nz

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