Certified organic, practicing Biodynamic

Churton is focused on producing limited volumes of high quality, estate grown Sauvignon Blanc and Pinot Noir from Marlborough, New Zealand. They aim to produce sophisticated wines that have elegance and texture, complexity and layers of flavour, subtlety and length. They want their wines to be a true expression of their organic origin, producing “vins de terroir” not “vins de technique.” Their philosophy incorporates a traditional “old world” approach to viticulture with a North East facing hillside vineyard with close planting and low cropping vines, and with all work done by hand, including picking at harvest.

They apply the same “old world” approach to our winemaking which involves minimal intervention, lees contact in the Sauvignon Blanc, use of French oak for Pinot Noir and the use of a natural cork closure. Churton uses biodynamic practices in their vineyard operations and are currently in organic conversion with Biogro. They apply the principles of the biodynamic calendar to key viticultural and winemaking practices, and operations such as vine planting, fruit picking, filtering and bottling. They also follow the biodynamic calendar in their tasting schedules. The Sauvignon Blanc was first produced in 1997 and the Pinot Noir in 2000. All wines are made from 100% estate grown Sauvignon Blanc and Pinot Noir, and in 2007, they planted Viognier, as well as New Zealand’s first plantings of Petit Manseng.

Sam & Mandy Weaver, vignerons