A Special Destination -
Autumn 2018: Our Cellar Door is normally open for tastings and sales 11am to 6pm Wednesday through Sunday. However, at this time of year (March to April) we are very busy with vintage - harvesting and winemaking so you may find us closed. If this is the case, please call Lance on 021-1888-638, as some days, appointments can possibly be arranged even at this critical time.
Come and taste some unique and special single vineyard, cellar-aged, natural, 'slow wines', while they are still available!
'Natural' wines', 'authentic wines', not 'mucked about with' wines - whatever winemakers call them, our visitors generally remark - 'Wow that's different'' or, 'I have never tasted a wine like that before''. As James Goode MW says, 'natural wines smell better, taste better and are better for our planet'.
The keys to individuality and expression of our unique terroir are growing great grapes in the vineyard using intensive, impeccable, sustainable viticulture and the best of organic principles, combined with minimal intervention/additions by the winemaker, ie keeping the winemaking as simple and as clean as possible. Minimal or no crushing, no fining with animal products, low sulfite protocol, nil chemical residue program, gentle slow natural ferments in small batches and, extended cellar ageing - typically 6-7 years in the cellar before release - to allow slow, natural development in the bottle. Vino lentamente, or slow wines. Fine wine takes time!
In other words, we aim to express our turangawaewae - or sense of place - by allowing the vineyard to do the talking. Our vineyard sits on the site of a once huge mountain ridge of Jurassic greywacke, so you just might taste 155 million years of geological history in your glass!