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For Denis Marshall and Ulrike Kurenbach the allure of growing grapes and creating exquisite wines in Central Otago was all encompassing. In 1995 Denis bought a farmland block in the spectacular Gibbston valley with the vision for growing vines with minimal interference to the natural environment. With this careful land use and soil management he hoped to create a sustainable, artisan winery that delivered vintages of the greatest character.

In 2001 they planted the first pinot noir vines. It didn’t take long for their Pinot Noir to be discovered. With early success at a local and global level the pair began to source different grape varieties from within the region, ensuring only the very best were made into Hawkshead wines. With these additional varieties added to their Single Vineyard Pinot Noir the label has grown and flourished over the years.

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A modern twist of the classic Duck a l’Orange.

It’s a flavour explosion and a taste revelation when accompanied by a glass of 2021 HAWKSHEAD ‘Reserve’ Pinot Noir.

The Tanager Tangle

We are intrigued with ancestry at the moment, so I thought to have a closer look at the beautiful bird drawings on our labels. They were done quite a while ago, around 1841, and major upheaval has happened in the Natural World since; just think of Darwin’s evolution theory and our modern DNA sequencing. I promptly discovered that our lovely drawings also suffered an identity crisis and discovered one unfortunate fact.

the Riesling enigma

It is quite hard to know where to start when contemplating Riesling. Let us begin with the history of the wine, followed by some wine facts on potential ageing and finish trying to explain why we can start a dinner with a bone dry Riesling and finish the dinner enjoying a Noble Riesling dessert wine....And have you heard about Red Riesling?
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