The New Zealand falcon has been a revered guardian of our vineyards for decades. At our Riverview Vineyard on the banks of the Ngaruroro River in Hawkes Bay, we housed and trained a male and female falcon whose seemingly effortless grace held us rapt for many years.
The only remaining bird of prey endemic to New Zealand helps us with our natural sustainability program by managing pest control operations. To this day we still have a resident falcon who often visits the feeding station we’ve set up as a token of appreciation to this flying celebrity who also graces our country’s $20 bill.
It’s worth noting that just one of these bills will get you a nice bottle of Falconhead to take home…
Citrus and honey suckle aromas are overlaid with lovely aged complexity. The palate is clean and well balanced with complex flavours of orange blossom and honey.
This wine is from grapes grown in our Kuranui vineyard in the Awatere Valley sub-region of Marlborough.
The grapes for this wine were harvested in our Marlborough vineyard and transported to a contract facility for dejuicing and settling. The clear juice was transported by road tanker to our Katikati winery where it was fermented in stainless steel tanks at around 10°C using a variety of Yeasts including X5 and C. Following fermentation the wine was blended, protein stabilized, cold stabilized and fined. The finished wine was bottled in Feb 2015.