“New Zealand’s maritime climate, cool nights and long hours of sunshine mean many of its wines are refreshing, with bright fruit, heady aromatics and abundant acidity … But New Zealand … also delivers muscular reds, long-lived Chardonnay, traditional-method sparkling wines, Riesling of all shapes and sizes, as well as myriad other aromatic styles.”
–Christina Pickard, Wine Enthusiast, July 28, 2020
Sourcing grapes from their Blue Rock and Eclipse vineyards, Luna is primarily focused on Pinot Noir, but this dynamic Martinborough producer also crafts some Sauvignon Blanc, Riesling, Pinot Gris, Chardonnay and Syrah. Blue Rock was planted in 1986 and Eclipse in 1992. These mature vines impart true provenance to the wines.
The Hunting Lodge
An innovative and experimental approach has earned The Hunting Lodge a strong cult following in New Zealand. Their boutique portfolio includes wines from classic and emerging regions and features Marsanne, Viognier, Albariño and Chardonnay as well as Pinot Noir and Sauvignon Blanc, some of which is sourced from estate vines that are over 40 years old.
Experimental from the onset, Muddy Water first planted their vines in 1993 and grew a wide range of varieties. They kept what worked and pulled out what didn’t. Among those that remained is a tiny block of the South African grape Pinotage – one of only a handful of such plantings in New Zealand.