Maui

Our Maui Range of wines take it’s name from Maui, the Maori demigod. Maui is known for being a great adventurer with an inquisitive nature and a fearless spirit, legend is he captured the sun and pulled New Zealand out of the sea. We believe these attributes are at the very heart of New Zealander’s and the Maui range of wines.

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Maui Sauvignon Blanc Marlborough16

Marlborough
Sauvignon Blanc 2017

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Maui Pinot Gris Marlborough16

Marlborough
Pinot Gris 2017

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Maui HB Chard 17

Hawke's Bay
Chardonnay 2017

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Waipara
Pinot Noir 2016

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Maui Sauvignon Blanc 2017 - Marlborough

The MAUI range of wines takes their name from MAUI, the demi-god who as legend tells us captured the sun and pulled New Zealand out of sea. MAUI was a great adventurer with an inquisitive nature and a fearless spirit, attributes that are the very heart of the MAUI range of wines.

COLOUR

A delicate, pale green/gold.

NOSE

Aromas of passionfruit and peach are co mplexed with a background of herbal scents. Underlying aromas of grapefruit and gooseberry add zingy notes that combine with hints of capsicum to enhance the nose. 

PALATE

A fine blend of tropical and fruity notes, with a supporting herbal background, created from fruit grown on river terraces in the Upper Wairau Valley.  Selection of a number of different vineyard areas has contributed a range of flavours from tropical fruit through to grapefruit and gooseberry with delicate underlying herbal flavours. The palate has a perfect balance of racey acidity and redidual sugar to support the fruit flavours and give the wine length. 

REGION

100% Marlborough, Upper Wairau Valley. 

VINTAGE

The 2017 Vintage in the Upper Wairau was typified by warm daytime temperatures, tempered by cool nights. An ideal summer ensured great vine health and fruit condition through to end of March. These conditions were ideal for creating strong varietal flavours while retaining fine acidity and elegance in the wines. Harvesting of fruit was carried out in the second week of April.

WINEMAKING

The fruit was harvested at maximum flavour as assessed through frequent tasting in the vineyard by our winemaker. It was very gently pressed to avoid harsh phenolic extraction and allowed the juice to cold settle. The clear juice was fermented at low temperatures using a range of yeast renowned for their ability to enhance the Sauvignon Blanc aromas. A balanced amount of residual sugar was left in the wine to complement the acidity and to add palate weight and structure. 

WINEMAKER

Evan Ward

GRAPE VARIETY

100% Sauvignon Blanc

Maturation

100% stainless steel fermentation/maturation.

WINE ANALYSIS

Alc Vol:12.0 % 

Acidity (TA): 7.2 g/l  

pH: 3.18    

Residual Sugar: 5.3 g/l

PEAK DRINKING

2018/20– will continue to develop for a further 5 years

SUGGESTED FOOD MATCH

Crumbed white fish with new seasons asparagus, new potatoes and aioli

AWARDS & REVIEWS

5 STARS Wine Orbit, December 2017
4 STARS Harpers Wine Stars NZ, April 2018

Maui Sauvignon Blanc Marlborough16

Maui Pinot Gris 2017 - Marlborough

The MAUI range of wines takes their name from MAUI, the demi-god who as legend tells us captured the sun and pulled New Zealand out of sea. MAUI was a great adventurer with an inquisitive nature and a fearless spirit, attributes that are the very heart of the MAUI range of wines.

COLOUR

Bright straw-yellow colour with light golden glints

NOSE

This wine is tight, light and slender in presentation with aromas of savoury white and yellow stonefruits, along with nuances of nuts and minerals.

PALATE

Dryish to taste and medium-bodied, the palate is light and elegantly slender in proportion with flavours of white stonefruits, herbs, florals and a suggestion of honeysuckle.  The mouthfeel is soft-textured, rounded and smooth, with integrated acidity.  The wine has an elegant core and line that leads to a fine-textured, soft finish of stonefruits and florals.  This is a light, soft-textured, smooth-flowing dryish Pinot Gris with subtle stonefruit and floral flavours

REGION

100% Marlborough, Upper Wairau Valley

VINTAGE

The 2017 Vintage in the Upper Wairau was one of the best in the last decade.  Warm daytime temperatures, tempered by cool nights, provided the ideal conditions for creating intense flavours while retaining fine acidity and elegance in the wines.  As a result of these conditions, the flavour profiles tended more towards ripe and luscious with exceptional aromatics. Picking commenced the first week of April

WINEMAKING

The fruit was harvested at maximum flavour as assessed through frequent tasting in the vineyard by our winemaker - for Pinot Gris this occurs late in the ripening process.  It was very gently pressed to avoid harsh phenolic extraction and the juice allowed to cold settle.  The clear juice was fermented at low temperatures using yeast renowned for their ability to enhance the Pinot Gris aromas. A balanced amount of residual sugar was left in the wine to complement the palate weight and structure.  

WINEMAKER

Evan Ward

GRAPE VARIETY

100% Pinot Gris

Maturation

100% stainless steel fermentation/maturation.

WINE ANALYSIS

Alc Vol: 13.2 %

Acidity (TA): 5.7 g/l

pH: 3.43 g/l

Residual Sugar: 7.8 g/l

PEAK DRINKING

2017/19 – will continue to develop for a further 5 years

SUGGESTED FOOD MATCH

Lightly spiced Asian food. 

AWARDS & REVIEWS

4 STARS Raymond Chan, October 2017

4 STARS Wine Orbit, October 2017

90/100 James Suckling, October 2018

Best Buy - Wine Enthusiasts, October 2016

Maui Pinot Gris Marlborough16

Maui Chardonnay 2017 - Hawke's Bay

The MAUI range of wines takes their name from MAUI, the demi-god who as legend tells us captured the sun and pulled New Zealand out of the sea. MAUI was a great adventurer with an inquisitive nature and a fearless spirit, attributes that are the very heart of the MAUI range of wines.

COLOUR

A delicate, pale straw green

NOSE

This appealing chardonnay shows ripe stone fruit, rockmelon, vanilla and toasted almond note 

PALATE

Delightfully expressed and friendly. The palate is elegantly weighted and rounded, and delivers bright fruit intensity backed by creamy texture and well-pitched acidity, finishing long and smooth

REGION

100% Hawke’s Bay

VINTAGE

The weather conditions were perfect for bringing the Chardonnay fruit to full maturity while still retaining a good level of natural acidity.  The levels of malic acid were higher than normal this year due to higher diurnal temperature fluctuation.  These temperature patterns in turn have also resulted in elevated varietal characteristics making the wine that more intense.

WINEMAKING

The fruit was harvested at optimum ripeness and transported quickly to the winery. It was destemmed only, without crushing, and immediately chilled prior to pressing which has assisted in retaining the maximum fruit flavours. A gentle pressing was followed by cold settling to clarify the juice. The clear juice was then fermented with a selection of Chardonnay yeast and this was followed by a full malolactic fermentation to add complexity to the palate and reduce the natural acidity.  

WINEMAKER

Evan Ward

GRAPE VARIETY

100% Chardonnay

Maturation

100% stainless steel fermentation with premium French oak maturation

WINE ANALYSIS

Alc Vol:13.7% 

Acidity (TA): 5.2 g/l  

pH: 3.14    

Residual Sugar: less than 1g/l

PEAK DRINKING

2018/19 – will continue to develop for a further 5 years

SUGGESTED FOOD MATCH

Perfect with seafood with rich cream-based sauces or lightly spiced curry.

AWARDS & REVIEWS

 4 STARS Wine Orbit, May 2018
 4 STARS Raymond Chan, July 2018

Maui HB Chard 17

Maui Pinot Noir 2016 - Waipara

 

The MAUI range of wines takes their name from MAUI, the demi-god who as legend tells us captured the sun and pulled New Zealand out of sea. MAUI was a great adventurer with an inquisitive nature and a fearless spirit, attributes that are the very heart of the MAUI range of wines.

COLOUR

Intense cherry red

NOSE

It is beautifully fragrant showing spiced cherry, game, dark mushroom and black olive characters.

PALATE

Silky-smooth palate that offers tasty fruit flavours together with savoury nuances. The wineis immediately appealing with its attractive flavours backed by rounded mouthfeel and fine tannins.

REGION

100% Waipara, Canterbury

VINTAGE

2016 was a great vintage for pinot. Crops were balanced, summer was moderate and autumn was long and dry.

WINEMAKING

Traditional Burgundian methods were used for vinification and elevage. A proportion of whole bunch was placed at the bottom of the vats, with destemmed berries on top. One week cold soak was followed by a natural fermentation during which time the floating cap of skins was plunged twice daily. After fermentation the wine was tasted daily to determine the day of pressing. Total cuvasion was around 3 weeks. It was gently pressed pneumaticly then aged in French oak for 18 months on yeast lees. The malolactic fermentation occurred natuarally in spring. The result is a rich, ripe, full bodied wine with the typical regional characters of chocolate, cherry, plum and spice. 

WINEMAKER

Evan Ward

GRAPE VARIETY

100% Pinot Noir.

Maturation

18 months in French oak.

WINE ANALYSIS

Alc Vol: 14 % 

Acidity (TA): 5.45 g/l

pH: 3.65 g/l

Residual Sugar: less than 1g/l

PEAK DRINKING

Drinking well now but will continue to develop for a further five years from vintage date.

SUGGESTED FOOD MATCH

The perfect drink for a picnic with cheese, cold meats, patés and terrines

AWARDS & REVIEWS 

5 STARS Wine Orbit, May 2018
4 STARS Raymond Chan, May 2018