It’s a rare thing in New Zealand to still be able to buy pinot noir produced back in 2009 but located in the Pohangina Valley about 23 km from Palmerston North is a place where you can. Pohangina Valley Estate is situated on a stony river terrace framed by the Ruahine Range. It’s now developing into a leathery, savoury, rust-coloured wine with a whisker of dried herbs, lavender, lanolin and baked tamarillo. Development of the vineyard began in 2000 with the preparation of 4 hectares of farmland. The story goes, the ground was so stony that a rock spiker had to be used in order to put the posts in. Bronwyn and Nick Dymock developed the vineyard back in 2000, planting 16,000 grapevines and 350 olive trees by hand. Hazelnut and Oak trees inoculated with the black Perigord truffle were also planted.