Grown throughout New Zealand – hand-crafted New Zealand wines with personality! Waiheke Island as a wine growing region is very unique to say the least.
Waiheke Island, Auckland
The vineyards of Cable Bay are situated at the western end of the island atop a bedrock of ancient sandstone and mudstone. We work and walk on land of the Jurassic period and vines flourish where dinosaurs once ruled. The soil that blankets the Jurassic rock is composed of mainly weathered rock, criss-crossed by mineralised veins and coloured by iron and manganese oxides. Our wines derived from these sediments are distillations of millions of years of earth’s history and beautiful minerality and texture in the wines result from this geology.
The surrounding sea has a large bearing on the climate. The cool sea breezes during the day, coupled with the insulating effect of the sea at night, results in a climate where diurnal temperature variation is minimised. Therefore the mean temperature throughout the growing season is kept quite high, making it comparable to warmer regions. The ripening window is then extended further into the autumn than other regions in New Zealand, making it possible to ripen varieties from warmer climates such as the Rhone Valley and Bordeaux. The maritime influence renders marked characteristics upon the wines, making them thrillingly distinctive.
Awatere Valley, Marlborough
Our estate-owned vineyards enfold the banks of the Awatere River and are planted with Marlborough stars; Sauvignon Blanc, Pinot Noir, Pinot Gris and Chardonnay.
The Awatere Valley has become a renowned sub-region of Marlborough, with a global reputation for growing high-quality grapes that are vibrant and expressive of their unique terroir. Our carefully selected site benefits from naturally terraced land, which leads down to the Awatere River. The region is blessed with low rainfall and low vigour soils, predominantly formed from alluvial gravel, which lend remarkable texture and body to the wines.
The vines are also planted very close together – reminiscent of the outstanding French wine region of Burgundy – which results in lower yields of top quality fruit.
We are excited to announce that we are in conversion to organics under the BioGro regime at our Cinders vineyard, where we grow our Sauvignon Blanc and Pinot Noir.
Meet us there: 28ha Redwood Pass Road Vineyard, overlooking the banks of the Awatere River.