All the Hans Herzog grapes are 100% grown on their organic vineyard at one of Marlborough's best sites, handpicked, produced and bottled on the estate! No grapes are bought in or sold. To make great wines naturally, the fresh grapes must be processed quickly that’s why an on-site winery is so important. The hand-picked grapes arrive a few minutes later in the cool winery, still fresh and wholesome with no need for sulphur to protect them. The winery equipment reflects Hans’ high-quality standards like the old bag press designed for a gentle processing of the grapes. Special finished stainless-steel tanks (in sizes as small as 100 litres for special selections) are used as fermenters and for blending. More than 200 of the finest French oak barrels age the hand-crafted wine in the temperature-controlled barrel hall. Bottling, labelling and packaging is all done at the winery to ensure the quality is never compromised.
Hawksdrift is a family owned vineyard, located in the Dillons Point region of Marlborough. Murray and Robyn Butt were among the first to pioneer growing grapes in this area. Before they took their first steps into viticulture, in 1998, they farmed the land conventionally, growing crops and raising livestock. The Dillons Point area is in the East of Marlborough, near the sea coast. It lies close to sea level and has deep, fertile soils. Shelter from the Wither Hills range, contributes to a long, hot ripening season, meaning, the fruit is left to ripen when other, cooler areas have shut down. This long hang time develops fully ripened summer flavours in the fruit.
The wines are all hand crafted and fermented and aged in old French Oak barrels. The quality is superb and the Sauvignon will rival any other premium oaked Sauvignon currently on the market.
Our own label Sauvignon Blanc from Marlborough comes from the best plots of the Kuranui Vineyard which is in the upper reaches of the Awatere Valley in Marlborough. Here hot days and cool nights help the vines to produce grapes that are fully ripened but that retain some wonderful acidity. This is a serious cut above bulk New Zealand Sauvignon but comes at a great price.