Featured Wineries – Southern Hemisphere
AURUM WINES (Cromwell, Central Otago)
Represented by Lucie Lawerence
Aurum Wines is a family run estate based in the Lowburn sub-region of the Central Otago, New Zealand. Joan and Tony Lawrence planted their first grapes in 1997 on the Pisa Flats outside of Cromwell and expanded their estate in 2001 and 2004 with their Te Wairere Vineyard. Their son Brook and daughter-in-law Lucie joined them in 2006. Brook trained as a winemaker in South Australia. Lucie was raised in Burgundy. She is the third generation in her family to be a vigneronne and completed her degree in Oenology at Dijon University. Lucie and Brook met while they were both trainees at Domaine de L’Arlot in Nuits-Saint-Georges. Upon returning to New Zealand, Lucie continued to develop her skills as a winemaker, while Brook took on the viticultural management of the estate. Aurum converted to organics in 2010. Lucie and Brook’s wines have evolved to become more and more a reflection of the land and their philosophy.
MOUNT EDWARD (Queenstown, Central Otago)
Represented by Duncan Forsyth
The majestic mountains and lakes of the Southern Alps are home to Mount Edward. The winery, situated in Gibbston, just east of Queenstown, has its vineyards amongst the foothills of the Pisa Range and on the banks of the Kawerau river in Bannockburn. Mount Edward, part of the Central Otago wine community since 1998, is BioGro certified organic with this philosophy at its heart. Owned and managed by the Buchanan and Forsyth families since 2004, our winemakers Anna Riederer and Duncan Forsyth craft wines that are textural, restrained, and speak of our place here in Central Otago, New Zealand.
PROPHET’S ROCK (Wanaka, Central Otago)
Represented by Paul Pujol
Prophet’s Rock’s two estate vineyards are located in the Bendigo sub-region of Central Otago, New Zealand. Both of the stunning sites are elevated and steep, providing great sun exposure in the marginal climate and accentuating the cool nights typical of the region. Each vineyard is distinctive, the Home Vineyard with its rare mix of soils, notably clay and chalk, and Rocky Point with its stony schist laden ground and treacherous slopes. Prophet’s Rock finds its muses in the old houses of Europe. Winemaker Paul Pujol refined his trade working in France’s classical wine regions – the Languedoc, Sancerre and, crucially, Burgundy and Alsace. Paul also has a strong tie to Oregon having worked here for the 2003, 2004 and 2006 vintages. His traditional aesthetic –respectful, patient, vineyard-focused – resonates in his approach, and frees the wines to express the unique tenor of each site.