Stanmore Farm’s Kate Gibbs is the consulting viticulturist for the vineyard and her husband and business partner Tim Gibbs, is the consulting engineer. Stanmore Farm also manages the vineyards on a contract basis for the owners.
Before planting Kate Gibbs recognised that the terraces shaped by the Ohau River, combined with excellent soil profiles and a climate with long indian summers would be conducive to grape growing.
“The decision to plant in what until now has been an unproven region has been vindicated.” Said Kate Gibbs. “But there has also been a meticulous focus on quality in both the vineyard and winery with wine maker Jane Cooper ensuring that the fruit expressed itself fully with minimal intervention.”
At the same awards, Bishop Vineyard's other label “Woven Stone” won a silver medal for its Pinot Gris 2009 and the only other wine they entered was their Ohau Gravels Sauvignon Blanc 2009 that took home a bronze.
All and all it was a good day for the new vineyard with the expectation of many more to come.