Quality wines start in the vineyard. It was with that clear vision that Daniel and Ursula Schwarzenbach moved to the top of the South Island in 1998 and searched for land for almost two years, before purchasing their 20ha block in Tasman on the scenic Coastal Highway. The gentle north-facing slope, the Moutere clay soils and the mild maritime climate were immediately appealing. In the winter of 2000 they grafted their own vines to plant the first 4ha of Sauvignon Blanc, Chardonnay, Pinot Gris and Pinot Noir in the following winter. Over the years they added Riesling, Gewürztraminer and the Italian red variety Montepulciano into the mix. Born in Switzerland but living in New Zealand since age 9, Daniel began his career as a medical chemist and microbiologist in NZ and the UK, before deciding that winemaking was the path he wanted to go down. He is committed to sustainable/organic winemaking, with very few additions/adjustments made to the wines themselves.
What The Critics Say
4.5 Stars Michael Cooper
"Deep ruby, it is mouthfilling and savoury, with concentrated cherry, plum and spice flavours, good tannin backbone, and excellent complexity. A powerful wine, it's well worth cellaring to 2021+."
91/100 Cameron Douglas
"Varietal and fruity then layers of white smoke and toasty French barrel begin to layer in adding complexity and depth to the bouquet. Engaging and ready. On the palate - tense and youthful with firm textures and medium+ acidity. Flavours of red and dark cherry, moments of plum and raspberry then toasty barrel spices with vanilla and clove. Well made with a decent finish. Still needing some cellar time to calm the tannins and wild dried herb flavours. Best enjoyed with food through 2021 then on its own till 2025."
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