Croft Wines – From Corporate to Country Life

11-Oct-2012
I knew Peter and May Croft when they were based in Wellington, and Peter, embroiled in the corporate world, was a managing partner at PriceWaterhouseCoopers with a passion for good wine. In their search for a more relaxed life in the country, they purchased a one acre (0.4 ha) block on Kitchener Street in Martinborough in 1997, and planted 468 vines. However they soon realised that this was too small and in 1999 purchased the 10 ha Pirinoa Road Block, just 3 km out of Martinborough on the Lake Ferry Road. With the involvement of Nick Thornton, UCD5 clone Pinot Noir, Chardonnay and Sauvignon Blanc was planted, with Pinot Gris at the Kitchener Street site, where the cellar door is now sited. Croft Wines released their first vintage with their 2005s. In 2009, Outi Jakovirta was contracted to make the Croft's wine, and in 2010, Paul Mason made the Chardonnay and Clive Hartley the Pinot Noir. Paul Mason will now be making all the Croft wines. The Croft label is modern an distinctive and incorporates symbolism of the four Croft family members, the cross representing May's commitment to the Anglican Church. The Pirinoa Road label is the U.K. export label for Croft Wines. www.croft.co.nz

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  • Croft Martinborough Pinot Noir 2010

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