New Zealand

Cheviot Hills – North Canterbury

Cheviot Hills is a region of North Canterbury between the Waiau and Hurunui rivers, 100km north of Christchurch on State Highway 1 on the way to Kaikoura. The closest established wine region is Waipara to the south, while the next wine region to the north is the world famous Marlborough.

The vineyards are located on interlaced series of terraced tablelands just south of the braided Waiau River, positioned on north-facing slopes to catch optimum sun. The vineyard terraces consist of a mudstone foundation covered by alluvial gravels with silt loam Phoebe soils on top. The remarkably uniform topsoil means we achieve an even growth pattern and fruit ripeness across the vineyard. The temperature here is generally cool, with high peaks in summer. This gives us ample heat (1125 Growing Degree Days) to ripen the grapes. With rainfall of 700-800mm, irrigation should become unnecessary as the vines mature.

5 Blind Mice is the passion of Hugh & Jodie Amstrong, talking, stalking and walking vineyards all year long across regions and beyond borders provides Jodie Armstrong with the rare privilege of guiding scores of growers through the perennial cycles of the vine. Having worked in the ‘big end’ of viticulture for a decade, Hugh Armstrong is far more at ease with the hands on style which is required for these nurtured wines. Their contacts in the wine industry give them the unique opportunity to select & purchase bunches of Pinot Noir fruit from the best areas in the Adelaide Hills.

They needed a winery to process the fruit and by fate or fortune the ‘5 Blind Mice’ squeezed through a hole in the door of Red Heads Studio a ‘garagiste’ winemaking cooperative. With the guidance of Adam Hooper they produced this unique style Pinot Noir in very small quantities. When Hugh & Jodie asked if Wine Directions was interested to introduce the wine into Singapore, we didn’t think twice. We are proud to be the first overseas distributor for this truly boutique wine. Join us chasing those 5 Blind Mice, see how they run!

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