Winemakers Reserve Blend


This Winemakers Reserve blend is widely regarded as one of New Zealand’s finest reds. The grapes are harvested from low-cropping, old vines in the Gimblett Gravels vineyards of Cornerstone and Ngakirikiri. Intensive viticultural practices are employed to ensure that these vines fulfil their potential.


The individual vineyard parcels were harvested separately to maximise potential and destemmed to our concrete fermenters for fermentation. Indigenous and selected red wine yeast strains were employed and once active the ferments were gently hand plunged four times daily. After a period of post fermentation maceration the ferments were pressed to barrel and tank for malolactic fermentation. The wine was then aged in French oak barriques before being bottled.


As one of New Zealand’s best red wines, this blend is deeply coloured with aromatics hinting at black fruits, dried herbs, cocoa and cedar. The flavours typical of Gimblett Gravel Merlot blends tend towards fruitcake, cherry, chocolate and oak spice. The palate as a young wine is firm and tannic, needing time to truly show its best; however, the potential is evident. Dry and long finishing, this is truly fine wine.


Enjoy with many different meat or game dishes, particularly hearty roasts and winter stews.


Can be enjoyed in its youth however will benefit from cellaring for three to eight + years.