Underneath a sprawling loquat tree is a cute timber gazebo that doubles as possibly the smallest tasting room in Martinborough.
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Ex-accountant Peter Croft and his Anglican archdeacon wife May bought this piece of land in 1999. It sits next to what was their holiday house (now a permanent abode). Intending to purchase just a half-acre ‘hobby block’, in a rush of blood to the head they ended up buying 10ha on Lake Ferry Rd. Today the couple are exporting pinot noir, pinot gris, chardonnay and sauvignon blanc and it’s very much a full-time project.
Croft’s chardonnay is 100 per cent barrel-fermented and has lovely, grilled stone-fruit flavours, while the bone-dry, pear-scented pinot gris comes from just 700 plants.
May Croft crafts fruit pastes from pinot noir and sauvignon blanc, and these are delicious matched with cheese and cold meats.