“Seductive…a very fragrant, complex red with rich blackcurrant, plum, spice and herb flavours, supple, generous and lingering.”
– Michael Cooper on the 2007, rated 5 stars
St Nesbit started in 1980 when Tony and Petra Molloy purchased 11 hectares of land on the Hingaia peninsula, Karaka. Tony is an Auckland based barrister specialising in tax and trust work. He has published widely in these fields, with several books and dozens of articles to his name. Petra is a mother of five and a ceramic artist. St Nesbit is a family affair, and Tony & Petra’s five children each play an active role in the viticulture and winemaking.
The vineyard lies in the shelter of the Drury Hills at Karaka, 30 km south of Auckland, and is almost entirely surrounded by the Manukau Harbour. St Nesbit only makes one wine, a vineyard-determined blend of Merlot and Cabernet Franc. St Nesbit is only released in vintages that meet our benchmark for quality. St Nesbit achieved classic status in New Zealand in the late 80s and early 90s, winning gold medals for our 1984 and 1987 vintages, and critical acclaim for the 1989, 1990 and 1991. These wines were made to last 20+ years, and all are still drinking well today.
The original plantings were decimated by leaf roll virus in the early 1990s and had to be removed. The vineyard has since been replanted with Merlot and Cabernet Franc, with a small proportion of Petit Verdot, Cabernet Sauvignon and Malbec. The 2002 vintage was the first St Nesbit to be released from the new vineyard.