The 20 hectare Ward Valley Estate vineyard was planted in 2008 from bare pasture land by James Leary and Freddy Davison, a 4th generation South Islander. They searched for the perfect vineyard site around the lower Awatere Valley and found a unique terroir in Ward. The vineyard site was chosen as the soil structure is mainly clay based with hardpapa subsoil, gravels and clay loam. These denser, water retentive clay soils, combined with a cooler climate than the northern end of Marlborough made the site perfectly suited to growing Pinot Noir. The long dry summer in Ward reduces pest and disease pressure while the hot 30 degree+ days and cool nights allow balance in the ripening process.
Ward Valley ‘Olivia’ Pinot Noir Rose, Marlborough 750ml, 13%ABV, £13.00
This special wine takes its name from the owners’ two very special Olivias … Freddie’s wife Olivia and James’ first born daughter Olivia.
Fruit for this wine is selected the best rows of Pinot Noir on the Ward Valley Estate Coastal Block. The fruit was carefully harvested before being transferred to the winery to cold soaked on the skins for 4 hours. This ‘time on the skins’ gives the wine its salmon pink colour.
On the nose we have lifted aromas of strawberry and raspberry, along with hints of citrus and floral notes. The palate is dry and shows some complex flavours of raspberry, strawberry and melon. This makes for a dry style wine, brilliantly structured by crisp acidity, finishing long and mouth-watering.