144 Islands 2017 Rosé
Dry in style, this Rosé is made from handpicked Syrah grapes sourced from the Redwoods vineyard near Kerikeri and made with a special dedication to my close friend, Mathilde, who helped me set up my home block vineyard. Mirroring the personality of its namesake this wine is bright and vivacious. Strawberry Cream – Morello Cherry – Provençal Herbs.
144 Islands 2017 Pinot Gris
Slightly off-dry in style, this Pinot Gris was sourced from the special Brook Lane vineyard, located on a sheltered and sun-drenched slope just outside of Mangawhai Heads. The grapes for this wine were handpicked by friends and family on the 3rd March 2017. Meyer Lemon – White Nectarine – Rose Petal.
When I was a boy, I wanted to be a farmer.
I wanted to be outside all day, work with the land to grow things, and I wanted to produce something that would let everybody know undoubtedly how awesome my little piece of the world was. It wasn't until I was older I realised the most expressive way to do this was with wine. And so my love affair started. After travelling the world, I've returned home to where it all began, having planted a small vineyard with a myriad of grape varieties to express the genuinely unique terroir of the Bay of Islands.
I'm passionate about creating wines that not only taste great but tell a story of a time and place. My vineyard is unirrigated, exposed and elevated, with a complex mix of volcanic clay soils, making for a sensationally rich depth of flavour in the small crops I yield. All of the work is done by hand and most of it at night-time. I love my home, and I hope you love these wines as much as I've enjoyed making them for you.
"Northland has a knack for turning out pinot gris with richness and tantalising creamy textures, and this is no exception.
Created by Jake Dromgool, one of New Zealand’s star young viticulturists (he’s been on TV and everything!), it possesses ripe nashi, quince, and roast peach flavours and a lengthy dry finish. Named after the smorgasbord of tiny islands scattered throughout the Bay of Islands, the 144 Islands is all charm and sass and spicy perfection with Thai muu pork."
Tasting Notes: Yvonne Lorkin - Chief Tasting Officer, WineFriends