The Mad Hatter’s Story
In 1886, Michael McGinnis was working as a hatter and miner in Adams Gully when he reported to police that several ounces of gold had been stolen from his hut. Four months later, whilst renovating his hut he found the supposed stolen gold, having clean forgotten about where he had hidden it. Feeling somewhat foolish, he informed the police of his find stating that if he remained any longer working as a hatter his intellect would become impaired.
Good as his word, he did stop working as a hatter, married, and settled down to mine quite successfully for a number of years before moving on to farming and getting involved in local council politics.
We have 400 viognier vines planted in the vineyard. The original owners’ intention of the planting was for blending with the pinot noir though this is not the path we have followed. The vines produce between 250 & 350kg of grapes annually hence very small production of 200-350 bottles each vintage that we decide to produce this wine.
Winemaker: Debra Cruickshank
John Bartlett – NZ Wine Directory – Pale lemon/straw in colour with a nice oily viscosity. Lovely nose of tropical fruit, pineapple, apricot with a little spice note. The palate is rich, creamy & unctuous with honeyed tropical & apricot fruit flavours, refreshing acidity & long medium-sweet finish. Be delicious with Thai food.