Walnut Block Wines is the vision of two brothers – Clyde and Nigel Sowman. Together they combine their experience in viticulture and the wine industry with their passion for and appreciation of fine wine. The result is a unique range of superbly crafted organic Marlborough wines. Walnut Block offers some of the best wine buys in New Zealand.
The Walnut Block vineyard lies in the world-renowned Wairau Valley in Marlborough. Marlborough’s unique winegrowing conditions reflect a combination of alluvial soils, deposited over thousands of years from an ancient river bed that flowed between the mountainous borders of this valley, the region’s high sunshine hours and the temperate New Zealand climate.
Their decision to farm organically reflected their belief that they could grow grapes with a higher quality than those grown using conventional methods. As the vines have become more self-sufficient and naturally balanced we have seen a greater depth of flavor and improved mouthfeel in the wines. The vines themselves can adapt to seasonal variations, which result in consistently healthy, and well-balanced grapes.
Since 2002 Nigel Sowman, Walnut Block’s viticulturist, has studied and practiced organics and has become a recognized authority on organic viticulture. Nigel is proud of the exceptional quality of fruit being produced using only organic practices.
Walnut Block has two ranges of wines; The Nutcracker range is their flagship brand and represents the pinnacle of Walnut Blocks’ fruits.
The Collectables series label has been proudly designed to bring some of New Zealand’s rich history to wine lovers. Depicting an adaptation of the 1898 Kiwi New Zealand stamp, the label is symbolic of New Zealand’s past and this young Marlborough wine.