LOVEBLOCK, Marlborough & Central Otago
In 2006, Erica & Kim purchased an untamed block of land on the top of the hills overlooking Marlborough’s Awatere Valley. It’s one of the highest vineyards in Marlborough, coaxed into production through organic, biodynamic, and sheer bloodied-minded techniques. And it became known as Erica’s ‘Love Block’ – in part for the spectacular view, in part for the nurturing required to farm it.
The Estate vineyard is actually made up of two distinct parcels. The 180 acre Hillside vineyard was planted by the couple in 2007, and has been farmed organically from the beginning; while the 31 acre Woolshed vineyard, planted in 2003 at the bottom of the hill, completed the conversion to organics in 2012. Both vineyards are planted to Sauvignon Blanc & Pinot Gris, with experimental parcels of Riesling, Chenin Blanc, Tempranillo, Gewurztraminer & Pinot Blanc.
These wines are elegant, restrained expressions of terroir. Loveblock's Sauvignon Blanc is much less pungent than other expressions from Marlborough, and much more interesting as a result.
In 2008 Erica & Kim purchased a 20 acre paddock in Central Otago. One of the world’s most extreme regions for grape growing, temperatures vary from extremely hot to extremely cold, and always extremely dry. The location of ‘Someone’s Darling’ in the sub-region of Bendigo is the warmest in all of Otago, ensuring consistent ripening in a harsh environment. Someone’s Darling is planted to multiple clones of Pinot Noir, and is certified sustainable. The Loveblock signature is clear in the Pinot Noir as well – elegant, fruit-forward, complex wines.
You’ll notice that Kim & Erica prefer not to use their surname when promoting Loveblock. This is to avoid confusion with Kim’s eponymous winery, which was sold to Vincor (now Constellation Brands) in 2003, and in which they have no interest.