“Powerful and sweet-fruited, with highly concentrated blackcurrant and plum flavours, buried tannins, and lovely ripeness, drive and harmony. Already delicious, it also should be long-lived.”
– Michael Cooper on the 2015 Amphora Sangiovese, rated 5 stars
David Hoskins and Mary Evans have been growing wine on the Heron’s Flight site since 1987, and while the vineyard was originally planted with Chardonnay and Cabernet, they soon discovered that the Matakana microclimate was uncannily similar to areas of Tuscany. So, with the unabashed abandon of true pioneers, they replanted the land with Sangiovese and Dolcetto – two grapes that we rarely see thriving anywhere else in New Zealand – and since then, they’ve been on an uncompromising mission to perfect these two varietals in their new home.
David and Mary firmly believe the climate is best-suited to Italian, rather than French, varietals – and now that the vines have many years of maturity behind them, they’re producing some beyond-convincing results.
They embody fully organic and sustainable practises on their vineyard, including water conservation, and all is handcrafted end-to-end.