The Essence of Pinot Noir.
“When I drink our Pinot Noir I can imagine the glow of an explorer’s campfire, or the click and spark of horseshoes during my great-great-grandfather’s surveying expeditions in the south. I think of the goldminers, threatened by floods and harsh southern winters, who worked their claims in the Otago goldfields where so many fine wines are now produced. I think too of the orchardists, the first to fully harness Otago’s soils and sunshine, to grow cherries, peaches and apricots. For me, to drink our Pinot Noir is to experience the rich history of Central Otago.” – David Hall-Jones
In 2000 PM and David visited Gevrey-Chambertin for the first time, accompanied by a five-year-old child and a five-month-old baby.
Every morning PM would get up at daybreak to make a bottle for the baby, while watching the sun rise over the vines of the Clos and the Côte – a beautiful sight.
Every evening, the church bells rang at 6.00pm, their rich mellow tones rolling across the village and the vines as they have done for hundreds of years, marking the end of the day on the Côte and signalling to the vignerons it was time to lay down their tools and return home.
As they developed the Lowburn vineyard and the vines grew and matured, they also learnt about wine and vines on the other side of the globe, made friends and explored the Old World during summer holidays.
John Turnbull Thomson
To those with a sharp eye, you will see that part of our corporate crest is an image of a theodolite.