Surveyor Thomson – With the Lie of the Land

With a home in Burgundy and inspired by the great wines of the region, expatriate Southlander David Hall-Jones and his wife Pui Mun Chan established their 14 ha Pinot Noir vineyard at Lowburn near Cromwell in 2000. The vineyard is named after David's great-great grandfather, New Zealand's first Surveyor General, John Turnbull Thomson, commonly known as Surveyor Thomson. Planted to predominantly Pommard and Dijon clones, the wines are made by the highly experienced Dean Shaw of the Central Otago Wine Co. The aim is to have the wine "expressive of land and climate”. The wines have a core of ripe dark fruits with iron and minerals. One could say they are made in the ‘lie of the land'.


  • Explorer Central Otago Pinot Noir 2010
  • Surveyor Thomson Central Otago Pinot Noir 2009

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