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Our Wines

Our Wines

With just nine wines in our range, along with occasional releases of limited-volume offerings for our mail order customers, it's possible to stay 'hands-on' and to give both vines and wines the attention they deserve. In all our wines we aim for fine balance, with structures and textures that deliver far more satisfying, almost more savoury, mouth-filling experiences than wines that rely mainly on youth and 'pretty' aromatics.

 

We produce two Pinots, the renowned Ata Rangi Pinot Noir and an earlier-drinking style called 'Crimson', named for the charitable conservation trust Project Crimson which sales help to support. Célèbre is our very own 'Rhone-meets-Bordeaux', an enduringly popular Merlot/Syrah/Cabernet blend first produced in a lean-to shed in 1986! 

 

Two Chardonnays are included in the line-up; the silky, seamless, elegant Craighall from 28 year-old Mendoza clone vines, and the more vibrant, juicy, 'fully self-expressed' Petrie Chardonnay from a stony block 30 km north. This site has a slightly cooler run, reflected in the wine's fine minerality.

 

On the aromatic side, a deliciously complex Sauvignon Blanc delivers riper flavours and more textural interest than the average Kiwi Sauvignon. As for all of our wines, these grapes are hand-picked which means that we can, if needed, exclude any remaining unripe "second set" or any damaged or mouldy berries. Our Lismore Pinot Gris is picked late in the season and crafted in a typically Alsatian style - a perfect aperitif that pairs beautifully my favourite lemon-grass/ginger combo. The delightful Summer Rosé exudes fresh berry and watermelon crunch while, for Ali, the pièce de résistance is our luscious botrytised Riesling named 'Kahu', Maori for the harrier hawk that roosts in the neighbouring vineyard of the same name..