Cloudy Bay, the pioneering winery in Marlborough, New Zealand, will once again unite garden design with a wine tasting experience in the Cloudy Bay Garden at the RHS Chelsea Flower Show 2015. Created by the youngest ever Chelsea duo, landscape architects and brothers Harry and David Rich, the show garden is designed to visually portray the powerful taste experience of Cloudy Bay wines.
The garden will explore a contemporary Red & White garden for wine lovers, where Red and White will be a representation of Cloudy Bay’s signature wines, Pinot Noir, and Sauvignon Blanc and will convey “how things simply fit together” says co-designer David Rich, through structure and architecture of the wine, as well as the Marlborough terroir where micro-climates and diverse soil types deliver complexity of flavour and aroma.
The Cloudy Bay Garden is designed to be a place to enjoy wine, taking guests on a journey from fresh and clean tones of a Sauvignon Blanc with white and green planting to the floral, dark and earthy tones of Pinot Noir with planting in red, purples and plums. A moveable shack, offering multiple perspectives of the garden, whatever the weather, features in the centre of the garden and references the real Cloudy Bay ‘Shack’ at the vineyard in New Zealand. Water features will portray the clean, crisp character of the Sauvignon Blanc, together with oak, which are to demonstrate the old wooden wine casks.
Commenting on their latest design, Harry said, “It’s a true privilege to be working with Cloudy Bay. There are many affinities between gardening and winemaking and it’s amazing to be so close to it, while also helping others understand the beautiful process and experience of wine through this garden design.”
Maria Ines Pina, Brand Manager of Cloudy Bay comments: “Coming from the heart of the Brecon Beacons, the Rich Brothers truly understand nature, how people connect to it and the authentic simplicity of Cloudy Bay. The garden will embrace our approach to winemaking and will be a sensitive interpretation of the simplicity, modernity and intensity of flavour found in Cloudy Bay wines. I’m looking forward to a glass of wine in the garden.”
Vital Earth, Bord na Móna UK’s popular peat-free growing media and soil improver brand, is co-sponsoring as well as supplying growing and landscaping materials. This will be the second time Vital Earth has worked with the Brecon Beacon brothers on their Chelsea medal-winning designs, a Gold Medal in 2013 and Silver-Gilt in 2014.(move to the end)
Commenting on Bord na Móna and Vital Earth’s continuing support for the Rich brothers and the involvement with Cloudy Bay, Steve Harper, Head of Consumer UK for Bord na Móna UK said, “Harry and David are still young, yet they are proving their considerable talent on a bigger and better stage. Environmentally friendly materials and sympathetic planting encompasses the essence of Vital Earth and this is shown throughout the garden design.”