Richard & Di Somerville needed an excuse to escape the rigours of Sydney and return to where their hearts always lay - Central Otago.
So in 2003 they planted 15000 vines into the free draining wind-blown loess soils at this stunning site half way between Wanaka and Cromwell on SH6, with the spectacular St Bathans Range forming an impressive backdrop.
Four years later in 2007 Richard & Di produced their first vintage. As the vines mature and all involved in the vineyard become more familiar with what the terroir is capable of, our pinot noir has gone from strength to strength, to date culminating in a trophy for our 2009 vintage – the champion pinot noir at the Royal Easter Show, Auckland 2012.
Why TWO DEGREES aka 2˚? •It’s that gentle slope of 2˚ which encourages the frosts to roll away to the CluthaRiver
•It reminds them of the chilly nights of autumn which coupled with warm sunny days give us that wonderful diurnal range so important to the production of pinot noir.