We strive to make compelling wines that proclaim their sense of place.
So, we find the vineyards that speak to us. The ones we know, are special.
There are so many factors that influence the craft of winemaking. Working with exceptional vineyards is vital, and after undertaking vintages in Europe, it reinforces how crucial terroir and exceptional viticulture is.
At Sorrell, we are fortunate to work with some of the best.
Daniel Sorrell - Winemaker & Director
Auntsfield Estate was founded in 1873 by Scottish man David herd Malborough's first commercial vineyard/winery. Seeing what David did back then recognise that Marlborough’s landscape, soil and weather were all perfect for winemaking, with its mix of high mineral Greywacke rock and old low fertility Loess clay soils. This outstanding vineyard is regarded for its riper styles of wine with more structure, texture and minerality. The vines receive optimal heat during the day and are cooled at night. These conditions allow each of the two Sauvignon Blanc clones planted in this vineyard to display its own unique character, and this celebration of individuality is the essence of Sorrell.
The grapes are sourced from this stunning dramatic hillside vineyard with a unique variety of soils. They work biodynamically, constantly adapting their practices to their vineyards' demands. Deeply respecting their environment, they promote biodiversity in many ways to protect and preserve
The unique gravel and rock soil composition combined with the gentle sloping contour of this block ideally stresses the vines and produces stunning fruit with phenomenal concentration varietal intensity and bright, natural acidity. By avoiding chemical fertilizers and herbicides, a condition of biodiversity in the soil allows the vines to naturally repel most diseases through the presence of beneficial organisms and bacteria.
As stewards of the land, we have an ethical, social, and ecological responsibility to ensure the sustainability of our place for generations to come. Integrated Farming philosophy is rooted in a holistic approach where the vineyard is one part of an interconnected farm ecosystem. In addition to their 30 hectares of rolling slopes of vineyards, you will find Merino ewes, cows, chickens, dogs, cats, deer, vegetable gardens and fruit orchards, all working harmoniously together to enhance the well-being of our land and, ultimately, the well-being of our people.
The fruit sourced from this vineyard is located on an elevated northeast-facing hillside. There is a wonderful diversity on the property, and the wine finds its compelling character and structure here. The soil has a deep layer of clay-based loess over the alluvial gravels. This denser soil type has a greater water-holding capacity, and they aim to dry farm if the season allows. The vines tend to have minimal soil compaction, resulting in a healthy microbial ecosystem and a naturally balanced substructure.
The precise nature of their farming results in healthy soils, healthy vines and delicious wines.
The many ecological benefits of organic practices include healthy soils, healthy waterways, biodiversity, and a safe place for bees and other beneficial insects. Using natural products throughout production provides a safe and happy work environment.