Planted in 1999, our 19 hectare vineyard is situated on the fertile plains of the Patutahi district in Gisborne. Elevated views sloping towards Gisborne City, and a combination of Waihirere heavy silt loam and Kaiti clay soil contribute to one of the premium grapegrowing sites in the Gisborne region. Currently planted with Merlot, Chardonnay and Gewürztraminer grapes, the development of a new block this spring will introduce Pinot Girs and Viognier into the portfolio.
After 6 years of grapegrowing, Philip & Margot Searle along with their eldest son Richard and his wife Kirsten decided that they wanted to take their love of wine to a new level and thus the Brunton Road label was launched on the back of the fantastic 2004 vintage. The philosophy behind this label is to produce a small quantity of great single vineyard wine from each of the varietals currently planted on the vineyard.
Our single vineyard wines are predominantly made in the vineyard. From the low yielding vines, to the gently picked whole bunches, every viticultural attention is provided by Jeremy Hyland, our Company viticulturalist, producing premium fruit to craft a great wine.
Jeremy brings over a decade of experience to the partnership. After completing the Wine Industry Certificate at Tairawhiti Polytechnic, Gisborne in 1991, he commenced employment at Corbans, Gisborne wineery, for the 1992 harvest. Here he assisted the viticultural team in the field for two vintages and worked as a cellar hand outside of vintage. A further two seasons at Corbans saw him take on the role of full time viticultural assistant before being promoted to regional manager in 1995.
Jeremy then studied extramurally toward an associate degree in applied science (winegrowing) through Charles Sturt University in Wagga Wagga, Australia. Moving to Marlborough in 2001. he took up a role as Viticultural Manager for Winecraft Marlborough Limited. With clients in most viticultural regions throughout New Zealand this role entails grower liason, overseeing management of various vineyards as well as independent consultancy.
One of New Zealand’s up and coming winemakers, Sam Smail undertook a chemistry degree at Canterbury University before going on to complete a Postgraduate Diploma in Oenology at the University of Adelaide, Australia in 1998.
After finishing his studies, Sam travelled overseas to gain experience within the wine arena and completed a vintage in the Napa Valley in California in 1998 and a vintage in Italy in 1999.
Returning to New Zealand, Sam has been based at Whitehaven Wines in Marlborough since 2000.
Sam is passionate about producing elegant yet complex Gisborne wines.