VINEYARDThe LazyDog® vineyard comprises two small areas of plantings to date:Chenin Blanc:The first ½ hectare , 680 vines, was planted October 2008. A second variety of Chenin Blanc , 102 vines, were added in 2010. Gewürztraminer: A second small vineyard was constructed mid 2010. A cluster of 226 Gewurztraminer vines were planted in November and expect to be cropped for the first time in 2014. There are plans for additional plantings. A further 3 hecrtares has been set aside for this development.VITICULTUREChenin Blanc is one of the classic wine grape varieties of France. Its origins date back over 1000 years where it took root in the Loire Valley.Much like its more aromatic cousin, Sauvignon Blanc, the Chenin is a vigorous, productive variety that tends to give its most unique expression in less fertile soils and cooler sites. Chenin is blessed with capacity to retain acidity making it highly suitable for wines worthy of cellaring.These features combine at Queensberry in Central Otago where the poor schistous soils and cool, dry climate offer ideal growing conditions to make fine Chenin Blanc.WINEMAKINGQueensberry Chenin Vintage – 2014:300 cases produced. Now working under direction from Jeff Sinnott from the vineyard through to the winery.Meticulous attention to detail in the vineyard ensured that clean ripe fruit was hand harvested in late April following a close to ideal ripening season. The grapes were de-stemmed and allowed a short period of skin contact before gentle pressing. The free run juice was fermented in tank to allow the delicate varietal characters to express themselves. The pressings were fermented in old French oak with slightly higher solids to build texture into the final wine. The result is a delightful wine with typical flinty citrus characters lifted by a lovely tropical “fruit punch” nose. The palate is full bodied yet refined showing juicy pear, mandarin & stone fruit flavours balanced by fresh, lacy acidity. We would expect this wine to develop the classic honeysuckle aromas and luscious stone fruit flavours as it develops in bottle over the next decade or so.