Out­side the box

Ready to try some­thing a bit dif­fer­ent? The in­no­va­tion and cre­ativ­ity of these wine­mak­ers has re­sulted in truly unique ex­pres­sions of vi­nous won­der.

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The Su­per­nat­u­ral Wine Co. Su­per­nat­u­ral Hawkes Bay Sau­vi­gnon Blanc 2016, $30 A wine that de­fies ev­ery cliché of our sau­vi­gnon blanc. Gre­gory Collinge’s Su­per­nat­u­ral Wine Co. brings modern nat­u­ral wine­mak­ing tech­niques from his time spent liv­ing over­seas to the Tuki Tuki Val­ley, and the re­sult­ing wines are re­mark­able for their Euro­pean-style el­e­gance and age-wor­thi­ness. With six months of lees con­tact, a bare-min­i­mum sul­phur ad­di­tion on bot­tling and no fin­ing agents used, this sau­vi­gnon blanc has rich­ness, tex­ture and enor­mous com­plex­ity.

Co­rofin Set­tle­ment Vine­yard East Slope Marl­bor­ough Pinot Noir 2015, $49.90 Long-time Marl­bor­ough res­i­dents Mike and Anna Paterson started Co­rofin as a project to ex­press the di­verse char­ac­ter­is­tics of Marl­bor­ough’s many dif­fer­ent mi­cro­cli­mates, to show that the re­gion’s pinot noir can be as var­ied as the beau­ti­ful land­scapes they are grown on. Farmed or­gan­i­cally and bio­dy­nam­i­cally, and, de­spite the fruit be­ing fer­mented nat­u­rally and bot­tled un­fined and un­fil­tered, this el­e­gant, well-struc­tured pinot is classic in style and ex­tremely re­fined.

Ma­hana Feral La­har Nel­son Sau­vi­gnon Blanc 2015, $39.50 An­other “sauv” that de­fies all ex­pec­ta­tions. Ma­hana wine­maker Michael Glover de­cided to go full-on Miles Davis-style im­pro­vi­sa­tional on the Feral La­har, us­ing a process of un­con­trolled fer­ment with no en­zyme or SO2 and leav­ing the re­sult­ing heavy solids to set­tle in the tank, rather than fil­ter­ing them – the sort of process they don’t teach at wine­mak­ing school. It’s a trib­ute to his tal­ents as a wine­maker the re­sult­ing wine is not only en­joy­able but jaw­drop­pingly beau­ti­ful. Only 2800 bot­tles, each of them hand-num­bered by Glover.

Pyra­mid Val­ley Howell Fam­ily Vine­yard Hawkes Bay Caber­net Franc 2015, $54.90 Mike and Clau­dia Weers­ing pi­o­neered Pyra­mid Val­ley as one of the first fully or­ganic and bio­dy­namic vine­yards in the coun­try, but the scope of their cre­ativ­ity soon out­grew their tiny Waikari home block, and they be­gan work­ing with care­fully se­lected sin­gle vine­yards around New Zealand to cre­ate the Grow­ers Col­lec­tion. The 2015 Caber­net Franc comes from the Howell Fam­ily’s tiny par­cel of land in the Bridge Pa Tri­an­gle. Af­ter be­ing hand-picked and spend­ing 12 months on lees, it was bot­tled fully un­fined and un­fil­tered. The wine has ter­rific struc­ture and length and should cel­lar well.

Nat­u­ral choice The aro­matic, high-ac­cented nose leads into a palate that melds a multitude of stone fruit and cit­rus flavours with mouth­wa­ter­ing tex­ture and depth. Di­ver­sity galore The Set­tle­ment Vine­yard’s clay-rich soils give this a ripe, aro­matic...

Brought to you by our wine colum­nist Daniel Kemp.

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