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…
Perfumed aromas of ripe peach and vanilla spice. The palate displays rich stone fruit, tangerine and honeysuckle flavours supported by a long oily finish.
The grapes for this wine came from our Tantallon and Campbells Brook vineyards in Hawkes Bay. The grapes for this wine were machine harvested and transported to our Riverview winery where they were pressed with a fraction of the juice going to barrel for fermentation and the remainder being fermented in stainless steel. A variety of yeasts were used but predominantly 58W3. Following maturation in both oak and stainless, the wine was blended and tankered to our Katikati winery for final finishing and bottling.