Located in Marlborough's Awatere Valley, the Blind River vineyard is sheltered by rolling hills. Blind River's 20-hectare vineyard has predominately Sauvignon Blanc vines, with just under 2 hectares of Pinot Noir vines. Blind River divides its vineyard into 5 blocks based on the land. The wines of each block are made separately to optimise blending.
Blind River strives to create wines that are "a hand-made expression of New Zealand's Awatere Valley."
Marlborough, New Zealand
Sauvignon Blanc, Pinot Noir
Rebecca (Bec) Wiffen is the winemaking force behind Blind River. With strong Marlborough roots – her family has owned property in the area since 1907 – Bec was first introduced to wine when her grandmother planted grapes on the family property in the 1980s.
Since then Bec has gone on to work for several New Zealand wineries including Coopers Creek and Lawson's Dry Hills as well as gain valuable experience overseas with stints in the Napa Valley (USA), and Alsace and Languedoc (France).
She creates layers of flavours, complexity and texture in their wines through harvesting the vineyard blocks at different times, small batch fermentation in the winery, and the judicious use of oak.
Happiest when she is super busy, Bec thrives on the adrenaline rush of vintage – “The picking decisions, the fruit flavours, the organisation that goes with it all. Even the early morning starts.” Bec can usually be found two steps ahead of everyone else (in every sense) and raring to go!
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