Vigneron's Diary

Delving Into The Soil of Waipara

Delving Into The Soil of Waipara

Late last year Lincoln University held a Vineyard Soils Day at Black Estate in Waipara, where they unveiled an in-depth report into the soils of the Waipara wine region.

This welcome work allows current producers to gain even more understanding about their surroundings. And it may well help with future plantings, siting vineyards in the best spots and planting the appropriate varieties. More generally it can only do good in further establishing our credentials as a world-class wine region.

Our two vineyards are located in two different zones of the region, The Home Block (and the River Terrace) is on Glasnevin...


The Latest Addition to Our Range: Aqua Vitae

The Latest Addition to Our Range: Aqua Vitae

The Bellbird Spring lineup contains wines that are made to be drunk with a wide range of food. Even our recent Sous Voile proved adaptable – and was delicious with Japanese twice cooked pork. Our new product is perhaps more focused for after the meal, to be drunk as a digestif, though the first time I encountered such a product was when the vineyard workers in Soave in Italy used to pour some into their morning coffee to warm up!

Naming our latest arrival took some thought. The Bellbird Spring Aqua Vitae is a pot-still distillate...


Ray Isle’s Tour of Waipara for Food & Wine Magazine


Sous Voile Review by Raymond Chan

Our Sous Voile wine has received another very positive review (scoring 18/20 or 4*), this time from Raymond Chan at raymondchanwinereviews.co.nz 

The very detailed tasting note runs as follows:

“Bright, light golden-orange colour with some depth, lighter on rim. The bouquet is elegantly concentrated and deep with pungent yeasty, flor-based aromas along with lifted yellow florals and stonefruit notes, some volatility, and nutty, subtly oxidative elements. The fruit has freshness and exudes a delicate, exotic richness. Dry to taste and medium-bodied in presentation, this has elegantly concentrated flavours of fresh, lively yellow...


Foraging, Revisited

Issue 23 (Winter) of Slow Living magazine features ‘Into the Wild…with Wine’, a look back at last summer’s Waipara foraging dinner.

Click Here to view the article.