The Lazy Dog Central Otago Chenin Blanc 2012

02-May-2013
The Lazy Dog Vineyard and Garden is the realisation of Diana and Dean Harker’s ambition to have their own integrated wine business. Diana’s family, based in Dunedin and Central Otago grew grapes on their sheep farm for Alan Brady and what became Gibbston Valley Wines. Dean, an English South African, has had careers in hospitality and engineering. Meeting in Christchurch and settling in Central Otago, they set up and ran from 2005 the restaurant next to Akarua winery in Bannockburn. From that experience came the opportunity of purchasing a 6 ha block on Queensberry Ridges Station on the Cromwell-Wanaka Highway in 2008. Planting vines and learning from neighbouring vineyard owners, viticulturists and winemakers, as well as setting up a new restaurant, cellar door and gardens, Diana and Dean produced their first vintage of 15 cases of wine in 2011. 110 cases were made in 2012 and for 2013, the projected output will be restricted to 160, what can be comfortably sold at the cellar door. The Lazy Dog wine is supplemented by wines from Locharburn Estate Two Degrees, Mishas’s Vineyard, Kawarau Estate and Ellero.

The Lazy Dog vineyard is in two areas, with 782 Chenin Blanc vines in just under a 0.5 ha plot, and 226 Gewurztraminer vines. The Chenin first cropped in 2011 and the Gewurztraminer to yield in 2014. There are another 3 ha which plantings can be expanded on. Diana and Dean tend the vines, and the wine is made by Deb Cruickshank, who was formerly with Akarua, spending time at Xanadu in Margaret River, returning to Cromwell for River Rock, before setting up her own winemaking consultancy. The name ‘Lazy Dog’ refers to working sheep dogs that are ‘laid off’ to enjoy relaxing in the vineyard and becoming lazy. www.lazydog.co.nz


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