We have launched the Flaxmore label with a single vineyard series of wines: our 2018 Pinot Gris and Rosé were released in late 2018 and the Pinot Noir is now available. We are developing several parcels of chardonnay for expected release in 2020.
The 2018 vintage was a challenging year when a summer of climatic perfection started to unravel by early February. This was not entirely dissimilar to recent vintages where good lessons had been learnt: we benefited from aggressive leaf plucking and bunch thinning for optimal airflow and ensuring that a lower yielding crop was able to achieve the ripeness and phenolic structure we desired.
We are delighted that our wines have received several accolades which are shown below.
From the vine to the bottle our wines are fully accredited by Sustainable Winegrowing New Zealand.
Our Range of Wines
Pinot Gris 2018
Ranked #10 of 89 New Zealand Pinot Gris by Bob Campbell MW
A true single vineyard wine “one clone/one block” – Made from our Pinot Gris “Alsace 457” clone, this is a gentle wine that offers crisp, ripe pear and citrus notes with background spice notes and a slightly dry finish. The perfect white for casual or fine dining
Hand harvested; whole bunch pressed; stainless steel tank fermentation using aromatic yeast; kept on “fine lees” post fermentation (4 months). 12.5% Alc/Vol.
* Awarded 93/100 and ranked #10 of 89 New Zealand Pinot Gris by Bob Campbell MW: “Crisp, off-dry pinot gris with citrus, pineapple, pear and subtle spicy flavours. Impressive purity and an ethereal texture add appeal. Lovely acidity helps promote a drying finish”
New Zealand Wine Awards 2018 – Bronze Medal
Made from our Pinot Noir clones “Abel” and “Dijon 115” this is a subtle Rosé offering a layer of summer fruits, good length on the palate and a slightly dryer finish than the norm for NZ Rosé. Salmon pink in colour - just gently chill for casual or fine dining.
Hand harvested, 50% skin contact (12 hours); 50% whole bunch press; stainless steel tank fermentation using aromatic yeast; kept on “fine lees” post fermentation (4 months). 12.5% Alc/Vol.
* Bronze Medal at the NZ Wine Awards 2018
*Bronze recommendation in The Real Review: “Pale, pink-tinted wine with cherry, pepper and spice flavours. A hint of sweetness is nicely balanced by gentle acidity to give a dry-ish finish”
Pinot Noir 2018
Blended from our Pinot Noir clones “Abel” and “Dijon 115”, this fine Pinot Noir has a delicious balance of crushed fruits with savoury undertones. It is broad, textural and very approachable.
Hand harvested; 16 days on skins; wild fermented; natural spring malolactic fermentation; 9 months oak maturation (20% new); coarse filtered.
A delicious Pinot Noir which sits at the European end of the New Zealand Pinot Noir taste spectrum.
For the best Flaxmore experience, we also offer mixed cases of either 6 or 12.
Direct sales are for a minimum 6 bottle case which can be mixed (minimum 2 bottles per varietal).
Mixed 12 Bottle cases are for a minimum of 4 bottles per varietal.
Ordering is only currently available in New Zealand and all shipping is FREE.