'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, 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!