"The Mt Difficulty Target Gully site is very important, a potential grand cru for New Zealand." Michel Bettane
Target Gully is again a very historic site with the name arising from the use of the gully as a shooting range in gold mining days. John and Arna Verboeket developed this vineyard in 1994.
Target Gully is similar to Long Gully in that it is comprised of Lochar soils but it does also have some Bannockburn soils. The latter are another of the Bannockburn series, formed from sluicing operations during early gold mining activities. Bannockburn soils are prone to droughtiness due to the coarseness of the base material.
Target Gully is a 5.8 hectare site. 4.25 hectares is planted in Pinot Noir; clones – 5, 6, 10/5 and 777. The remainder is planted in Riesling (clone GM110).