Introducing The Kingsmill Wines Range
This section of our website is all about our wine.
From vintage to vintage each wine takes on slightly different characteristics, and soaks up the subtle nature of the season. This section of our website aims to inform you on many levels. Following is information on the make up of the vineyard and the soils. In the menu to the left are descriptions of all of our wines, with information and tasting notes on current and past vintages.
Tippet's Dam Vineyard.
Kingsmill Wines is a boutique vineyard located in the heart of Bannockburn, just to the south of Cromwell in Central Otago. The vineyard itself is perched atop an old alluvial terrace just above the historic Bannockburn sluicings containing the original "Tippet's Dam" which was key to the gold mining of the area as it was used to supply the water to the face of the sluicings. These sluicings are now a Department of Conservation Reserve and provide a stunning view from the bottom of the vineyard.
The property was purchased in 2000 by Phillip Horn and Donna Abrams with the express purpose of producing a unique and premium pinot noir. The Ardgaur / Hawksburn / Felton soils of the vineyard are free draining, with mainly light brown sandy loam over packed gravels of gold bearing alluvial schist, with some clay component in the south west corner. The planting of the vineyard was designed by New Zealand champion viticulturist Karen Olssen to take advantage of this. Karen chose six different Pinot Noir clones to complement the site and to create a unique reserve style single vineyard wine. 60% of the vineyard is in 3 dijon clones providing the lovely Pinot fruit flavours for which Central Otago is renown. 40% of the vineyard is planted with a mix of 3 older clones designed to provide the wine with its savoury and spice undertones providing both character and cellaring potential. A total of 12,000 vines were established.