Gardener Valley Road, Upper Moutere
Glover's Vineyard - Fine Wines from Nelson New Zealand
Glover's Vineyard lies in pretty, undulating countryside at Upper Moutere between the inland and coastal Nelson - Motueka highways. Glover and his wife, Penny, planted their first vines in Gardner Valley Road in 1984.
Dave Glover, a former Wellingtonian, spent 16 years in Australia where he gained a PhD in algebra and worked in the Defence Department. Dave was convinced that the Upper Moutere climate was ideal for winemaking, and after tasting Tim Finn's 82 Cabernet Sauvignon, he was convinced that the potential was there. The Nelson area also is the place to live.
The six-hectare estate vineyard lies on a gentle, north facing slope. In low fertility clay threaded with decomposing rock, the Glovers have planted Pinot Noir, Cabernet Sauvignon and Sauvignon Blanc. At five tonnes per hectare, this is a low-cropping vineyard. Grapes are also bought from growers in Nelson. Glovers Annual output is very small - around 1000 cases. Since the first 1989 vintage, the bold, beefy, tannic estate-grown Pinot Noirs have attracted the most attention. Grapes from the hotter slope behind the winery yield a bold, strong- flavoured Back Block Pinot Noir with new oak influence and furry tannins that demand cellaring.
By contrast, the Front Block Pinot Noir, aged in seasoned oak casks, is a fragrant, more supple and forward style.
Grippy tannins are the hallmark of Glover's style, reflecting his firm opinions on the vital role of tannins during the aging of red wines.
"You can always ripen Pinot Noir here," says Glover, "but you have to be a gambler" with Cabernet Sauvignon. When you do get it ripe, you get something exceptional. His unblended Cabernet Sauvignon ("Merlot can dissipate Cabernet's structure") is a dark hued, muscular red with concentrated, brambly flavours and a tight tannin grip. Mt. Lodestone Cabernet, launched from the 1995 vintage, is a second tier label for lighter wine.
Glovers Sauvignon Blanc is pale, nettley and very zesty in cooler vintages, lusher and rounder in top years. The Riesling, grown at Richmond bursts with lemony, appley flavours in a dryish, freshly acidic style. The medium-sweet Late Harvest Riesling is perfumed citrusy, tangy and slightly honeyish.
Visitors to the winery can sample the flavour packed wines and while swirling, enjoy dramatic Wagnerian opera.It is one of the great experiences of the New Zealand wine trail.
*edited from Michael Cooper's book - The Wines &Vineyards of New Zealand
Of course you can order Glovers high quality wines online. We ship the wine by courier and it should arrive within days at your doorstep. You can pay by credit card or you send us a cheque. Please read the Terms of trade for further details.