A Special Destination
Autumn 2019: Our Cellar Door is normally open for tastings and sales through Spring, Summer and Autumn 11am to 1pm and 2pm to 6pm Wednesday through Sunday. If you find us closed at these times due to vintage harvesting for example, or some unpredictable event, please call Lance on 021-1888-638, as tastings may be possible even at these critical times. However, please take note that the Cellar Door at the winery will be closed through the month of June 2019 for rennovation works and will reopen in July (weekends only- 11am-1pm and 2-6pm) for tastings as usual.
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 pumping of must, no fining with animal products, nil chemical residue program, gentle slow natural ferments in small batches and, the most important single factor - time that is, extended cellar ageing - typically 6-9 years of bottle-ageing 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!