Advised by legendary Central Otago viticulturist Robin Dicey the first vines were planted at this Estate in 2003. The team at Folding Hill carefully selected clones and rootsocks proven locally to make wines with complexity, flavour, balance and length and have done everything possible to ensure the vines have been able to reach their full potential. They strongly believe that low yields are of paramount importance in creating outstanding Pinot Noir and they manage their vines intensively through the growing season to ensure crop levels are around 3.5 – 4.5 tonnes per hectare.Their approach to winemaking is based on the traditional philosophy and practices of the ‘Old World’. They believe that hand picking optimally ripe fruit and then gently guiding it through vinification with as little intervention as possible allows them to produce elegant wines with flavour and structure that authentically reflect the special place they come from – wines that really are “Handmade from Central Otago”
Gladstone Vineyard has an established reputation as a quality boutique wine producer, making award-winning wines of finesse and complexity. The vineyards are planted along the river terraces of the Ruamahanga River, which has a unique free-draining soil profile of clay over stony silt loams. The microclimatic conditions are semi-maritime, which experiences very cool springs, extended sunshine hours and high exposure to UV light, which provides ideal conditions for ripening.
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.
Kirsten and Richard bought the Matawhero winery from it’s founder and pioneer winemaker Denis Irwin in 2008.
The Estate produces 3 levels of wine:
The Single Vineyard range – a selection of the very best vineyard sites in Gisborne from three distinct sub regions; Riverpoint, Hexton Hills and Patutahi. The wines are fruit-driven and approachable and they display the palate weight and texture that Gisbourne is renowned for.
The Church House collection – unique parcels of wine showcasing alternative varieties that are grown in the region.
The Irwin – in an exceptional vintage, where superior ripeness is achieved, a hand crafted, barrel fermented Gisborne Chardonnay is released. This flagship Chardonnay is a tribute to the late Bill Irwin and his son Denis, the founders of Matawhero Wines.
Mountford Estate is a boutique vineyard and winery, internationally renowned for making elegant wines of distinction, quality and interest. The stunning 21 year-old, 10 hectare vineyard is situated on the Eastern hillside of the Waipara Valley, which is highly regarded for the limestone rich soil. The three single vineyards, The Gradient, The Rise and the Hommage a’ L’Alsace all grow on the steepest north facing slopes. The team at Mountford Estate place a strong emphasis on attention to detail and use bio-dynamic practices in the vineyard and traditional Burgundian methods in the winery.
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.