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McCrone Vineyard

McCrone Vineyard

Visionary grape-growers Don and Carole McCrone own a 10 acre pinot noir vineyard in Yamhill, Oregon, supplying grapes to Ken Wright Cellars, a leading producer whose culture and wine styles are very close to our own. KWC specialise in sought-after, single vineyard wines which are almost all purchased en-primeur at an eagerly awaited barrel tasting held soon after each vintage. 

 

The McCrones dreamt of replicating the single vineyard concept in New Zealand, and made several visits in the late 80's to wine-growing regions in their search for a suitable vineyard site and producer. Clive and Phyll had first met Don and Carole in 1988 at the International Pinot Noir Celebration in Oregon. When a neighbouring block came up for sale and their proposal put forward.....we leapt at the opportunity. Applying the knowledge and experience we'd garnered from 20-something years working with pinot noir here, we planted their 7 acres with optimal trellising and spacing and in what we considered an ideal mix of clones for the site (Ata Rangi Abel clone, naturally, plus Dijon selection and Clone 5).


Ata Rangi McCrone Vineyard Pinot Noir
 

We bottled the first McCrone Vineyard Pinot Noir from the 2006 vintage. The quality exceeded expectations, with Robert Parker rating it an amazing 94 points. Only 60 cases of McCrone 2006 were produced. It has not been produced very years since, only in years where weather conditions have created a more distinct expression of the soth the site and differences with the Ata Rangi Pinot Noir. It continues to be available only in small volume and limited markets. The current release is 2014.