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About Crighton estate

It has been said that there is no wine anywhere in the world that tastes like the wine of Marlborough.  The balance of extraordinary purity and intensity of flavours and balanced acidity is superb.

Crighton Estate is set high in the Wairau Valley where temperatures are considerably cooler than the valley floor.  The house overlooks the spectacular Wairau River, that is known for its great trout and salmon fishing. The Wairau River is Marlborough's largest river with Maori aptly naming the river 'many waters'. The Wairau rises in the Spencer mountains and runs from the South to the North before turning to follow a part of the alpine fault line filled by glacial outwash.

The home block consists of approximately 20 hectares of Sauvignon Blanc, Riesling and a variety of Pinot Noir clones. Existing vines of Pinot Noir and Sauvignon Blanc have been complimented with recent plantings of Riesling and additional Sauvignon Blanc. 
 
Crighton Estate is prone to harsh frosts during the night.  These cold nights and warm sunny days contribute to the great flavours exhibited in the wine.  However, one missed temperature alarm-bell, sounding through the house at 3am, could signal the end of the season that has barely just begun. Water protection is the main form of defence, as too the odd frost pot (like giant heaters that put warmth in the air).
 
By utilising sprinklers, which are situated on every post, water is sprayed over the vines before the temperature drops below zero. The ice formation that occurs on and around the bud acts as a 'wetsuit'. For newly formed buds the critical temperature (when it will be damaging to buds cells) occurs at approximately minus two degrees. As the ice forms around the bud, the temperature is kept at zero and the buds protected. Needless to say, frost fighting is a very cold and wet event that only the very best of ski-gloves can handle!