In 2012 Theo Coles discovered the Limestone Hills vineyard in Canterbury in the north of New Zealand’s South Island. Owned by Gareth Renowdon, Theo agreed to make some wine with him from his 1000 or so Pinot Noir vines. Limestone Hills vineyard is naturally farmed, and the first vintage (2012) was that way too, no additions and matured in old oak.
Since then Theo has expanded the range to include the skin fermented Sauvignon Blanc and Müller-Thurgau, a field blend rosé and another Pinot Noir. The fruit comes from tiny vineyards throughout the Canterbury region, all naturally farmed without chemicals and Theo is keen to stress that every wine has its own story to tell.
Just recently into bottle and ready to go the 'Zealandia' Pinot Noir replaces the 'Whole Bunch' cuveé in Theo's line up. Bringing together the complexity and diversity of North Canterbury soils and exposures together in one harmonious expression. A unique 'New Zealand-ness' in the glass.
Pinot Noir - Gravel, Clay, Limestone, and Basalt. Natural fermentation, long maceration, and amphora aged. No whole bunches.