After Tamra left Yealands, she and Simon, her husband sold a small Marlborough vineyard and the family home to help fund the new venture. They moved to Waiheke Island which is now the base. Tamra’s ‘wish list’ included a desire to make wines from organic and/or biodynamic grapes. She succeeded with three out of her first four wines. Working with a fastidious bunch of growers who love their land means Simon and Tamra are confident that they are using exceptional fruit from distinguished sites. Crucially, they look for old vines in high-altitude vineyards, farmed sustainably, organically and/or biodynamically. The aim of each bottle is to showcase and explore the sub-regionality of New Zealand’s wine growing regions – they want to make wines of provenance. Intervention is minimal, but never to the detriment of the wines: just as they focus on balance in the juice, balance in the winemaking approach is also vital.
An organic, biodynamic, hillside vineyard, close planting, low yields, extended lees ageing. A portion fermented in old barrels and puncheons. Lightly perfumed, subtle hints of elderflower and citrus blossom. Elegant, textured and firmly structured, finishing with mouthwatering vibrant acidity. A style typical of Marlborough.