The Season

The growing season was influenced by La Nina weather conditions, resulting in a very mild spring, a warm summer with high sunshine hours and a long, lingering autumn. In spite of being dry we had infrequent, but well spaced showers keeping the vines very happy. These conditions enabled us to harvest beautifully ripened, healthy fruit.

The Vineyard and vines

The fruit came from several separate plots which had a range of soil types, varying from clay based to free draining and stony. Some of the vines were in the order of 30 years of age and the crop levels were low.

The Harvest and winemaking

This wine was unashamedly made in an Alsatian style. The grapes were harvested separately from each plot aiming to time the picking so that the fruit was in optimal condition. Some fruit was left on the vines until very late in the season and harvested in May. The juice underwent natural fermentation by the action of the grapes’ indigenous yeasts, in large (puncheons) old French oak barrels to give the wine additional texture without adding any oak flavour.

The Wine

This generously aromatic and flavourful wine gives impressions of tropical spices, Turkish musk, jasmine, lychees and ginger. It is mouth-filling and unctuous, but has a mouth-tingling spine of minerality and juicy acidity, which flow though the palate, draw out its after-taste and balance its off-dry finish.

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Totally seductive Gewurztraminer . . . It is a triumph both texturally and in terms of complexity. Above all its a lovely drink”
- Bob Campbell MW,
“… The mouthfeel is soft and unctuous with very fine textures, and good alcohol power and drive. Some complex reductive elements add interest and are carried to a long, soft, near-decadent finish. This is a rich, near-decadent, medium-dry Gewurztraminer with ginger and honied flavours along with some subtle funky complexities. …
- Raymond Chan,


… Alsace-like, with substantial body and excellent delicacy, complexity and length. Poised and youthful, it is already lovely, with rich peach, lychee and spice flavours, and a gentle splash of sweetness. Benchmark stuff.
- Michael Cooper’s Buyers Guide, NZ
The aromas and flavours suggest freshly sliced, ripe pear, intertwined with hints of quince, greengage and loquat. The palate is complex and multi-faceted, with an unctuous concentration of fruit and lusciousness, balanced by a spine of minerality and grapefruit-like acidity which draw out the length and complement the lingering aftertaste.
- Wine of the year finalist - Wine State magazine, Australia
Utterly drop dead deliciously good; obviously a Gewürztraminer in the hands of a master, in this case North Canterbury winemaker Mat Donaldson, who treats Gewurz’ like a great Riesling, giving it all the intensity and enhancing its acidity too. The result is an amazingly pretty, super tropical, ultra refreshing wine. A must try . . . this wine is a winner.
- Joelle Thompson, DrinksBiz , NZ
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