The Main Divide is the local name given to the range of Southern Alps in the South Island of New Zealand. These are wines of purity, made in an organic manner with as little intervention throughout the winemaking process. The result is nothing more than the distinct taste of the vineyard and the variety. Imbued with vital cherry and berries and some exciting savoury characters. It has a delicate structure with impressive length, structured tannins and spice. It’s drinking well now but will improve with age if you can resist its wily charms.
A warm summer and a lingering dry autumn produced perfect growing conditions. We used traditional Burgundian winemaking methods, including fermentation in small vats by the grapes own micro-organisms and ageing in French oak barriques for 18 months.
On release the wine has a bright ruby hue. The aromas and flavours suggest raspberries, blackberries, and black cherries overlying toasted nuts and spice. Its generously fruited palate is supported by a muscular but refined tannic backbone that fills out its structure and draws out the aftertaste.