Our Winemaking Philosophy is very simple.

Our winemaking is about respecting the fruit, allowing wild yeasts to ferment the wines with no other additions.

 

When it comes to the wines, it is a team effort. All of the hand work done on our sites is done by the family. Harvest is a joint operation with growers and their children as we try to capture the special ambience of each site.

Our Wines

Cuvée Forte 2021

 

“In addition to some extended skin contact – this wine also underwent natural fermentation, has been barrel-aged and was bottled unfined and unfiltered. Aromas and flavours of a complex yet familiar bouquet of citrus and peach, gentle barrel complexity with a touch of spice… Different – yes, Delicious – definitely…”

94 Points

– Cameron Douglas MS

Thistle Hill 2021

 

“Rich, textural, weighty wine with lemon, gooseberry and grapefruit flavours together with ginger and toasted nut characters plus spicy oak. Good food wine with a backbone of fruity acidity and drying tannins. From an excellent vintage. “

93 Points

– Bob Campbell  MW

Sonnet 2021

 

Complex and intriguing, layers of spice and mineral, wild flowers and botanicals then red fruits of cherry and raspberry flesh, some red apple skin and red tea. Taut, youthful and poised as the wine touches the palate. A youthful wine still needing some development time, natural flavours driving the core message with a judicious approach to oak use. Best drinking from 2025 through 2035

95 Points

– Cameron Douglas MS

Breezemere Sauvignon Blanc 2021

 

“Aromas and flavours of ripe
citrus, red apple, lemon and just ripe heirloom peaches. There’s a natural herbal quality, sweet hay and dried herb combinations. Complex, youthful and new… textures of acidity and some fine barrel spice and lees suggestions. Balanced and well made, fleshy, salivating and gently saline qualities. Best drinking from 2023 through 2029.”

94 Points

– Cameron Douglas MS

Raupo Chardonnay 2021

 

“A complex bouquet both familiar and new with aromas of toasty barrel, freshly roasted nut, peach and baked apple, citrus and baking spices… textures from acidity and wood weave through the flavours leading to a complex and lengthy finish…”

94 Points

Cameron Douglas MS

Raupo Pinot Noir 2021

 

Aromas and flavours of fleshy dark red fruits and Doris plums, some five spice and crumbled stone mineral qualities. Acidity at medium+ and an abundance of fine long chain tannins along with barrel toast and spice qualities lay down a sound foundation for ageing as well as contrast to the fruit core on the palate. A wine for enjoyment from day of purchase through 2032+

94 Points

Cameron Douglas MS

Our Process

  1. Harvesting
  2. Pressing
  3. Fermentation
  4. Aging
  5. Settling and Bottling

Having found the great sites, the winemaking begins in the vineyard.

Once we decide the fruit is at its best, it is all hands on deck. As a family it is a joint effort to harvest all the fruit by hand. This allows us to control every aspect of the harvest. Fruit is carefully selected and is then transported to the winery in fully insulated bins as whole bunches.

Our winemaking process reflects the simple but ancient practices of making wine without the use of chemistry and additives.

This careful management allows us to use no Sulphur additives at any time during fermentation. Some bunches will be selected to be pressed as whole bunches and some will be crushed to give some skin contact to the juice before being pressed in our basket press.

Once pressed the juice is carefully transferred to barrel where it is allowed to begin a natural fermentation without any additives.

 

The healthy grapes have their own wild or native yeasts that will allow the juice to ferment naturally if allowed to do so. We allow this natural process to take place over several weeks until the juice has fermented into wine.

Most of our wines are aged in barrels ranging in size from 600L to 225L. Some of these Cigar shaped barrels are specially imported from France to give the signature to our Fortissimo Sauvignon Blanc. The wine will rest in the barrel for 8-11 months gaining complexity.

Up to this point we have not made any additions to our wines. If the wines need to have a small addition of Sulphur we will do so at this point. We select from the various barrels the parcels we want for each wine and blends are assembled in tank. We then assemble and leave the wines to “marry” as all the complex parts come together.

Instead of filtering the wines, we allow them to settle naturally, before bottling the wines on-site, undisturbed and unfiltered.

Buy our Wines

As well as being available to order online from our Shopify Store which you find a link to bellow. You can also find many of our Wines at selected wine bars and restaurants.

Scotch Wine Bar & Wine Shop

Marlborough Lodge - Harvest Restaurant

Wino's Liquor Store

Gatherings Restaurant & Living Wine Bar

Alfred Wine Bar

The Winery - Arrowtown

The Winery - Queenstown

Arrowtown Wine Store

Accent On Wine

Point Wines