ALEXANDRA , one of the sub-regions of Central Otago, is situated at the confluence of the Clutha and Manuherikia rivers at the southern end of the Manuherikia Valley and has a reputation for recording the hottest driest summers and coldest winters in New Zealand.
The cold winters and hot summers, along with the extreme temperature change between night and day, with ideal soils full of heat reflecting mica schist, helps bring out the best in the wines from the most southern wine-growing region in the world.
CENTRAL OTAGO is New Zealand's and the world's most southerly wine region. It is New Zealand's only true continental climate with greater extremes of daily and seasonal temperatures than anywhere else in New Zealand. Central Otago is now New Zealand's fourth largest wine region. Pinot Noir is the dominant grape variety. Soil structures also vary dramatically from those of other regions with heavy deposits of mica and schists in silt loams. The wines of Central Otago have a purity, intensity and vibrancy that seems totally appropriate to anyone who has visited this outstanding region and breathed the pure mountain air.
Davishon Vineyard is situated at Airport Road on the Dunstan Flats between Alexandra and Clyde and is owned by David and Shona Garry.
Grapes have been grown on the Dunstan Flats for 130 years and Davishon is only a short distance from Monte Christo, where Jean Feraud produced the first Central Otago wines in the 1860's.
The first vineyard plantings at Davishon were the main block in 1992, with the next two blocks being planted 1996. After experimenting with 10/5, 2/10, and clone 13 & 5 pinot noir clones, the new blocks have been planted with Davis 5 (Pommard) and Dijon clone 115. These are starting to produce exciting results. The 3.5 hectare vineyard is now 70% Pinot Noir, 20% Pinot Gris and the remainder Chardonnay.
Our vines are grown on a Geneva Double Curtain trellising system. It is also referred to simply as GDC. The concept aims to improve grape quality by reducing shade within a dense canopy, by dividing the mass of foliage into two. The trunk is grown high, about 1.5m. From this two permanent cordons grow, each one trained out to run along a supporting wire, approximately 1.2m apart. Along the cordon are the spurs that produce the fruiting canes, which hang down towards the ground. Hence the canopy has been divided into two 'curtains'. This trellising system has many advantages by improving exposure of the bunches to light, more uniform budburst and ripening, increased quality of fruit and yield.
Our vines are protected from unwelcome frost damage, using overhead sprinklers.
Our Philosophy is to continue producing premium quality wines. As a small producer we are able to give the extra tender loving care to our vines, to enable us to produce consistent high quality wines.