Hand-crafted wines  |  Marlborough, NZ

Wines with passion.

Mike and Zana Whittaker fell in love with the little vineyard and land on Rapaura Road during previous visits home to Marlborough. The property came up for sale and they decided to jump ship from north island life and make the move permanently south in 2021.
Knowing little about vines and the growing process but with a strong passion for wine and the land they stepped into the challenge with a desire to make something of their own.
2021 was about learning and absorbing throughout the year and developing our organic management systems with invaluable help from local organic wine growers.
The 2022 vintage produced a heavy crop of fruit with an excellent juice yield that has made two stunning organic Rosés, a bottled still full-bodied Rosé and a pale blushed but energetic sparkling Rosé with the winemaking expertly and undertaken by Aaron Zuccaro and his partner Bec who have a passion for organic winemaking.
2023 produced a lower yield of fruit than 2022 but it did mean the fruit was able to ripen further. The perfect acid and bold skin colour meant that this time we would produce table syrah which is currently in barrels while we excitedly await bottling.
2024 is shaping up exceptionally well, we got excellent flowering while avoiding the rain resulting in a strong fruit set and the return to an El Nino weather pattern has bought high UV and extended hours of 30C+ hot sun with cool still nights. We are very excited to see the fruit develop as Harvest 2024 fast approaches!

“2024 is shaping up exceptionally well, we are very excited to see the fruit develop as Harvest 2024 fast approaches!”


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