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Wine of an elegant and sublime nature…

The beating heart of Te Kano Estate, Northburn is the largest of our four vineyards and our spiritual home. An extensive Kōwhai regeneration project is taking place here using seed harvested from an ancient ancestor tree.. This work is also supported by some of the most unique vineyard plantings in the region.

Exploring here is always memorable. Passing underneath stacked stone towers and water races created by prospectors 150 years ago, each turn of the road reveals new discoveries and incredible vistas stretching into the distance.

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Spanning 102 hectares, the sheer size of the site has offered unique opportunities to explore a wide variety of soil types, aspects and slopes, and perfectly match these to a variety of Pinot Noir clones.

The lower terraces of Northburn are comprised of gravelly glacial fans, crushed and deposited by successive ice ages. Angling towards the lake, they capture the reflected sunlight and achieve earlier ripening and softer tannins long before the higher vineyard blocks.

The mid range of terraces is comprised of primary schist, incredibly hard and almost completely bare of topsoil. These schist soils lie at elevations between 250-300 metres above sea level. The highly reflective stones are home to Central Otago’s largest single planting of Chardonnay.

The highest plateau features deep pockets of clay interspersed with rocky outcrops. These variable soils grow wines with nuance and complexity. Eons of northerly winds have deposited soils across this high terrace, resulting in a fine soil structure overlying the parent schist below. The combination of clay, primary schist and wind blown loess create 3 distinct zones between 280 and 323m above sea level.

Small parcels of Gamay Noir, Cabernet Franc, Pinot Gris and Sauvignon Blanc have been planted in unique microclimates across the site, and the full potential of these plantings is only starting to unfold.


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Our wine club is the best way to embrace the Te Kano lifestyle, with exclusive invitations to private events hosted locally and around the country, and access to rare and unique wines at members-only prices.

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