ODYSSEY MARLBOROUGH & ODYSSEY GISBORNE
New Zealand’s wine growing regions span latitudes of 1000 miles and with the wide range of climatic and soil types, produces wines of great diversity and style. Rebecca selects fruit from Marlborough and Gisborne to ensure optimum fruit quality in her wines.
The Odyssey Own Marlborough Vineyard is ideal for producing top quality wines, as well as being picturesque. It is one of the more elevated vineyards in Marlborough with a North easterly aspect. Soil is permeable silt loam over clay with an impermeable pan at 1m. Annual rainfall is less than 650mm. A dam captures the winter rain for irrigation over the summer. On occasion strong south westerly winds blow through the vineyard just the thing for disease control. The vineyard has been managed organically for many years and is certified with Biogro certification. The vineyard grows Sauvignon Blanc, Pinot Gris and Pinot Noir.
The spacings are close, and Rebecca and her team do all pruning, vine work and harvesting by hand. There are six different Dijon clones in the Pinot Noir, four clonal variants in the Pinot Gris and two in the Sauvignon Blanc. Different clones perform better under different vintages and seasons. Each clone is harvested seperately and fermented on its own to give more blending options. A flock of our own sheep grazes the vineyard, putting paid to heavy machinery compacting the soil. The sheep are our resident weed eaters.
Odyssey Gisborne is the most easterly of the wine regions in New Zealand and the first to see the sun in the world! Odyssey Wines source our Gisborne fruit from a long term contract grower in Hexton, Gisborne. Situated in the Gisborne Golden Triangle this vineyard is one of the oldest in the region. The Chardonnay is the Mendoza clone which gives small berries and concentrated flavour. We do not irrigate over summer as the heavy silt loam and clay of the soil holds moisture. Gisborne experiences high sunshine hours over summer and is perfect for the Chardonnay grape. Half Gisborne’s area is planted in Chardonnay. No surprises then that the city is dubbed ‘The Chardonnay Capital of New Zealand’.