'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, but 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 hand plunging in small batches and extended cellar ageing to allow slow natural development in the bottle. 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 greywackes, so you just might taste 155 million years of geological history in your glass!