At 45° south, Domaine Thomson’s spectacular elevated site above the valley floor has 360-degree views of the Cromwell Basin and Lake Dunstan, framed by the Dunstan and Pisa Mountain ranges and the St Bathans Mountains further beyond. The 14-hectare vineyard’s gentle slopes overlooking Pisa Moorings lakeside settlement have been planted as four distinct blocks – the North Block, the Terraces, the South Block and the Moon Block – each with its own special characteristics. We grow just one variety, a “single vineyard” pinot noir. The mixture of Davis and Dijon pinot noir clones, first planted in 2000 are on elevated north east facing terraces in deep gravel with some loess and clay. The relatively frost free, warm mesoclimate and free draining soils provide ideal grape growing conditions, producing an excellent concentration and intensity of flavours. Under the guidance of Vineyard Manager, Simon Gourley, we practice organic and bio-dynamics and have been fully certified with BioGro since 2014. Much of the vineyard work is carried out by hand, including hand harvesting to preserve the quality of the fruit.
Prominent New Zealand winemaker Dean Shaw of the Central Otago Wine Company produced the first Surveyor Thomson Pinot Noir in 2003 and continues to create outstanding Domaine Thomson labels today. Dean has worked many vintages in Burgundy under the guidance of master French vintners and has a reputation for producing pinot noir with as little intervention as possible, producing wines that are a true expression of Central Otago’s climate and landscape. Domaine Thomson Wines is motivated to create a sense of place with its distinctive pinot noir from the Lowburn site and Dean’s hands-off approach ensures this is achieved. Above all, our wine is aged in French Oak barrels to achieve a supple and well-balanced pinot noir.
Grew up in Southland and completed an Arts and Law Degree at the University of Otago. A Masters in Law at Cambridge followed, then a year stint in Hong Kong turned into 25 plus years. Despite being Asia based, David plays an integral role managing Domaine-Thomson. At harvest time you will find him in the thick of it. At other times, on a remote southern river, fly rod in hand – or with a rifle, high up in the Southern Alps – either way, enjoying Pinot Noir in the evenings and bonding with mother nature.
PM is passionate about wine, particularly Pinot Noir/Burgundy. The effects of climate and terroir on vines intrigues her and she enjoys digging around the soils of both vineyards. Gardening is another passion, as is matching food and wine, be this Pinot Noir with tuna sushi, Burgundy with a chicken and tarragon cream sauce, or Riesling with a salmon terrine. She is always on the hunt for new flavours and combo’s for food and wine. You will often find her rummaging in the markets of Central Otago, Hong Kong, Tokyo and les Halles de Dijon.