Location: Central Otago
Winemaker: Dean Shaw
Properties: 14 ha. of vineyards in the foothills above the Lowburn valley in Central Otago. Only Pinot Noir is grrown, organized into four parcels: North Block, the Terraces, South Block & Moon Block, each with its own characteristics. Biodynamic farming is practiced.
Production: 54,000 bottles annually, of which a third are exported
“Champion Pinot Noir” accolade and the “Riedel Wine of the Show” at the NZ Organic Wine Awards.
With vineyards and homes in Central Otago and a small lieux-dit in Gevrey-Chambertin, Domaine Thomson are dedicated to making a Burgundian style of Pinot Noir in two hemispheres that express the individual terroir of each region, true to their motto of “one grape, one vision, two hemispheres”.
The New Zealand winery is perched high above the valley floor, surrounded by mountain ranges and lakes. Pinot noir is grown here in the gently sloping 14 hectares on elevated north east facing terraces of deep gravel and same loess and clay.
The relatively frost free and warm mesoclimate and free draining soils provide ideal grape growing conditions.
The winery is known for its organic and biodynamic practices, having been fully certified with BioGro since 2014. Its 2015 Surveyor Thomson earned the “Champion Pinot Noir” accolade and the “Riedel Wine of the Show” at the NZ Organic Wine Awards. Winemaker Dean Shaw’s approach aims to produce pinot noir with as little intervention as possible, creating wines that are a true representation of Central Otago’s climate and landscape.