Certified organic and very small artisan vineyard and winery, Fancrest Estate sits in the limestone hills of North Canterbury and produces a unique pinot with none of those added extras. It was a profession winemaker Diane Holding came late to, but not one she’s ever done by halves.
Tell us three things we need to know about your region?
Vineyards in the North Canterbury region produce distinctively mineral pinot noir with lots of spice, earth and mushroom characters. Depending on the clay versus limestone content of the vineyards, these wines can be very floral and ethereal as well. Very much “iron fist in a silk glove” material. This is a small community of winemakers on (generally) very small vineyards. This has resulted in a continuation of the original pioneering spirit of the district’s founders.
What’s the one thing we simply must do in your region?
Cycle track OR the North Canterbury Food and Wine Celebration.
When no one is watching, you drink…
Your pinots are best for…
Your pinotss are best paired with…
Wild venison beetroot and kumura. YUM!
What song should we listen to when driving to the winery?
None – listen to the birds sing!
What song should we listen to when driving away and onto the next one?
No point in spoiling the view …. doesn’t need a soundtrack!
What year was your first pinot noir vintage and what song best represents it?
2007. Waiting On The World To Change – John Mayer