Colombo Winegrowers is owned and operated by husband and wife team, Carolyn Irwin and Baptist Sieber. Together with little son Monty and big dog Bruno they do as much as they possibly can themselves, from pruning to marketing. They farm their vineyard according to organic principles: no herbicides, no pesticides and no systemic fungicides.
They believe that viticulture comes before winemaking and say that looking after the vines well, means the wine doesn't need much 'making' in the winery. Their five acre homeblock, planted in Pinot Noir, situated on the edge of Martinborough village, has characteristic Martinborough Terrace soil profile of about 30cm of silt-loam over 25 metre-deep alluvial gravels with patches of light yellow clay. Rainfall is low, with an average of 700mm per year and the climate is dry, with high winds and free-draining soils, so disease pressure is low.
"Our handcrafted wines are to be enjoyed in good company at any time."
made in the traditional European way, the grapes were hand harvested and then whole bunch pressed. Fermented in French Oak barrels...
Hand-harvested and whole-bunch pressed. Fermentation in stainless steel tanks (70%) and used French oak barrels (30%).
This Pinot Noir has been hand-harvested, with approximately 10% whole bunch fermentation. 9 Months maturation in French oak barrels before bottling....