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Bascand bottling line

In the 1800s Master Mariner Charles Stephen Bascand captained the steamer SS Waipara around New Zealand, before purchasing land and settling with his family in the South Island. Bascand Estate was established in 1998 and the descendants of Charles Bascand now own vineyards in the outstanding grape-growing regions of Marlborough and Waipara, producing premium wines under the Bascand label.

From its Marlborough estate Sauvignon Blanc, Chardonnay, Pinot Gris and Pinot Noir grapes are grown, while from its North Canterbury estate in Waipara, outstanding Riesling and Pinot Noir can be found. Bascand wines are crafted by winemaker Scott Berry who has won numerous medals and awards for his wines. ‘Premium quality is our guiding force’, says Scott, ‘Selecting grapes from regions most suited to their individual qualities gives me the ability to craft outstanding wines for people to enjoy.’

With mountains to the west to provide rain shelter (750mm p.a.) and high sunshine hours in New Zealand’s acknowledged sunniest region, Bascand Estate’s Rapaura Vineyard is situated on a rich bed of river stone and loess that encourages grapevines to flourish and develop intense fruit flavours.
Winter pruning takes place between June and August and the vines are all pruned by hand. Leaf plucking and shoot thinning are also carried out by hand to help maintain a balanced canopy that allows sufficient light exposure to develop the intense passion fruit and mineral characteristics found in the vineyard’s renowned Sauvignon Blanc.
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