Marlborough, New Zealand
David Coulston grew up in Marlborough and watched the rise of the fledgling New Zealand wine industry. After studying Wine Science in New Zealand and working vintages for Stoneleigh and Vavasour wineries, David took flight and headed abroad, working as a consultant winemaker for 22 vintages. He returned home to set up as a specialist Marlborough wine maker with combined expertise of the new and old world wine making techniques. From his global wine making experiences David realised that vineyards are key to great wine, so used his in-depth knowledge of Marlborough to search out unique micro-climates growers to work with.
At Snapper Rock they source their grapes from a single vineyard in the southernmost region of Marlborough, the Ward Vineyard. The 20 hectares of Ward vineyard was planted in 2008 from bare pasture land by Freddy Davison a 4th generation South Islander. Freddy searched for the perfect vineyard site around his home in 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 hard papa subsoil, gravels and clay loam. The long dry summer in Ward reduces pest and disease pressure while the hot 30 degree + days and cool nights allow balance in ripening process. They hand tend all their vineyards and the grapes are picked in the early morning for freshness.
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