Huntress Waihonga 2023


Appropriately, Waihonga translates to nectare. Of the gods we'd say, this is beautifully balanced skin contact Pinot Gris (with a dash of Riesling). Like biting into a piece of just-picked stone fruit, it has texture and firmness, with orange pith, ginger and apricot aromatics. Fruit from the On Giant Shoulder's vineyard in Martinborough is fermented and soaked on skins for 26 days.

We go on about ‘place’ a lot when talking about wine. With Jannine Rickards (the Huntress herself), you get a sense of how genuine and important that is. In collaboration with excellent growers, her wines come from the Wairarapa. Jannine and her partner forage, fish and hunt. This and the respect they have for their environment shapes these beautiful wines.

“We are intentionally looking to bring layers to the wines that will unfold with a delicious feast of wild foods and homegrown vegetables. We must have respect for living creatures and an understanding of the intricacies of life cycles, seasons, and our place amongst them. We are as much a part of the land as the land is part of us” - Jannine Rickards, Huntress