I have just published an extended write-up of a visit to one of New Zealand’s most exciting producers: Dry River, Martinborough. Here, I want to focus on one aspect of what they do – their viticulture, which is remarkable.
The vineyards are immaculate. A split canopy system called Scott Henry is employed, with both upward and downward growing canopies. The fruit zone is meticulously hand plucked, which reduces disease pressure and also increases light exposure.
To further increase light exposure, a white reflective matting, called Extenday (website here) is placed under the rows. This reflects sunlight back onto the grapes.
A short film of the vineyard, with winemaker Poppy Hammond and viticulturalist Shayne Hammond, is below: