-Two vineyards, one goal.-
Mahana’s rolling hills and Waimea’s plains. Our Viticulture team are outstanding stewards of these vineyards…
and they never tire of the incredible views.
The rolling hills of Upper Moutere were formed during the last ice age. Glacial melts moving across the earth left behind layers of clay-bound gravels. Mahana means “warm place” in Maori, and at 100 meters above sea level, its gently rolling slopes make good use of the spring sunshine, whilst catching the cooling afternoon sea breeze in midsummer. The Mahana vineyard is planted with Pinot Noir, Pinot Gris, Riesling and Chardonnay.
Burk's Bank Vineyard
The Mahana vineyard is complemented by a second vineyard just fifteen kilometers away on the Waimea Plains. The Burke’s Bank and Red Shed vineyards are planted for Sauvignon Blanc, Riesling and Pinot Gris. The stony, free-draining alluvial soils over deep, compacted gravel from the Waimea plains add ripe melon and tropical fruit notes to our Sauvignon Blanc and floral aromas and intense fruit flavours to the Riesling and Pinot Gris.
-We don’t just talk the talk. We walk the walk.-
Having been certified organic since 2011, for us, is not about the latest trends, it’s the essence of what we stand for.
For the Mahana team, it is about best practices; what is best for our site and our grapes is best for our wines. Keywords, coined phrases, and ticked boxes don’t apply. Keep it real.
We believe that each generation should ‘tread lightly on the land.’ This idea has led us on an exciting journey, from being certified as sustainable through to full organic certification of both vineyards and winery in March 2011.
Organic certification means we use only naturally derived products and no herbicides or synthetic fertilisers. We now produce wines, which meet organic standards in the European Community, United States, Canada and some Asian countries, as well as New Zealand. The external programme of annual audits by BioGro New Zealand gives us an independent yardstick by which to measure ourselves.
We are convinced that working proactively with ecological processes to build rich soils full of life is the key to healthy, resilient vines. We have already seen increased vine and soil health, as well as more biodiversity and beneficial insect life within the vineyards. The quality of the grapes and the wines continue to improve.