Craft Farm 2014 Hawke’s Bay Sauvignon Blanc and Gewurztraminer

22-Sep-2015
Ant and Fiona Mackenzie have gradually introduced their new and own wine venture with the Spanish-inspired ‘Tono’ brand (click here to see my reviews), and the adventurous ‘Theory and Practice’ releases (click here to see my reviews). I’ve been very impressed with the diversity and quality of the wines to date, this really not unexpected, considering Ant’s two decades plus of winemaking experience with some very prestigious producers. The ‘Craft Farm’ wine brand is no doubt the closest to their hearts. The wines, designed to be "single site expressions that showcase the essence of place” are primarily based on their home vineyard in Havelock North, Hawke’s Bay, supplemented by fruit from trusted and high performing sources, such as the Loughlin’s ‘Askerne’ and ‘Lyons’ vineyards also in The Bay. The ‘Home’ vineyard measures only 2 ha, planted in 2010 to 0.5 ha Gewurztraminer, Albarino, clones 15 and 809 (the Muscat clone) Chardonnay, each 0.5 ha, and 0.5 ha of Muscat Petits Grains. Due to the dry weather, the 2013 vintage yielded pitifully. Here, I review the first releases, a Sauvignon Blanc and Gewurztraminer from the 2014 vintage. www.antswines.co.nz

FEATURED WINES IN THIS REVIEW

  • Craft Farm ‘Loughlin Vineyard’ Hawke’s Bay Sauvignon Blanc 2014
  • Craft Farm ‘Home Vineyard’ Hawke’s Bay Gewurztraminer 2014

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