Mike and Claudia Weersing came to New Zealand in 1996, when Mike began making wine with Tim and Judy Finn at NeudorfVineyards in Nelson. After a long and intensive search to find a site for their own vineyard, they purchased a farm in thePyramid Valley, near Waikari in North Canterbury, in 2000. Claudia is a committed biodynamicist and she guides thevineyard activities whilst Mike studied oenology and viticulture in Burgundy, beginning at the Lycee Viticole in Beaune, andcontinuing at the Universite de Bourgogne in Dijon. He has worked extensively in the vineyards and cellars of Europe, forproducers such as Hubert de Montille, D. de la Pousse d'Or, and Nicolas Potel in Burgundy; Jean-Michel Deiss andMarc Kreydenweiss in Alsace; and Ernst Loosen in the Mosel and many, many others.The search for the “right” terroir has been rigorous- marginal climate, clay-limestone soils, scarp slopes, eastern to northernaspect, etc. - finding their way home has been a ranging, rich and fascinating migration.Mike and Claudia have developed four vineyards over the last nine years, two of Pinot Noir, and two of Chardonnay. Theirunusual shapes and differing sizes have been determined by describing, and then adhering to, discrete areas of homogenoussoil and aspect. Each block is vinified and bottled separately, as an expression of its specific place. The vineyard names arederived from common names of preD.inant weed species in each block. As soil conditions change, the weed mix respondsaccordingly. They have managed these vineyards biodynamically from the very beginning, doing so by hand for the first twotractor-less years.This is a labour of love and of perfection: plant density is the highest in New Zealand, yields austere, and the vineyardenvironment - embracing soils and plants and animals and insects and above all, people - is lavished with care.
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