Winery: The driving force behind Alex Craighead’s winemaking is preservation of the biodiversity of the land on which he lives and makes wine. Located in Upper Moutere near Nelson, at the top of New Zealand’s South Island, his 11 hectares of vineyards are certified biodynamic and organic. Along with winemaking partner Josefina Ventrino, he created the Kindeli label to feature wines from a blend of grapes.
Winemaking: Hand harvested, vines are in alluvial, clay and gravel soils. Spontaneous fermentation on the skins for 5-10 days in clay amphora, aged in clay amphora. Bottled by gravity, unfined, unfiltered, no added S02, corked by hand.
Tasting Notes: Tangy acidity and green tea tannins flank orange, nectarine, pink grapefruit, lemon, pear, citrus blossom and trace of yellow apple. Orange zest, melon, trace of chamomile linger on the crisp finish. Suave, sprightly, engaging.
50% Gewürztraminer, 40% Riesling, 10% Pinot Gris
$31 [average price]