West Melton is lifestyle-block heaven. The land is flat and fertile, there are hedges and pine breaks providing shelter against wind and frosts as far as the eye can see and as you snake up the tree-lined driveway through the vineyard towards the majestic cellar door you can see why management accountant Heather Anderson and her husband Graeme Lindsay chose to cement themselves here. Don’t be surprised if Grouse the German terrier-fox terrier cross or Gris the cat attempt to adopt you.
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With pinot gris, pinot noir and riesling grown on site, and chardonnay sourced from their other vineyards around Canterbury, there’s a smorgasbord of different styles to taste upon arrival. Graeme’s particularly fond of the “dry as a bone” Provencal-style rosé made from 50 per cent merlot, 45 per cent pinot noir and a five per cent splash of malbec.
Try the two single-vineyard pinot gris – one from the Cox block in a dry style and the other off-dry from the Neave block.