Main Divide is the local name for the mighty range of Southern Alps which form the backbone of Te Wai Pounamu (the South Island of New Zealand). Our aim is to produce wines which reflect the unspoilt freshness, purity, vigour and cool climate of the south, while retaining in each its individual regional and varietal character. A handful of selected South Island vineyards have been chosen because of their unique situations or terroir and the quality of their grapes. Our intention is to work with the growers of these vineyards throughout the season to obtain quality fruit, all of which is then hand-crafted into wine by the Donaldson Family at their Waipara winery. Main Divide’s philosophy is based on individuality and harmony. We wish to produce distinctive, vibrant wines with lively fruit flavours, which at the same time are integrated and harmonious. Our aim is to grow grapes of the highest quality which fully express the features of the vineyard and to handle these with the utmost respect. We aspire to capture the unique flavours of the vineyard in our wine.
The wine emanates a ripe fruit bouquet, suggestive of pears, yellow-fleshed peaches and fresh raw figs. These same flavours flow through into the palate where the wine has impressive fruit concentration and depth. A steely backbone complements its off-dry finish and provides a tingling minerality which helps draw out the lingering after-taste.