Akitu, the first wine producer in New Zealand to launch sustainable Flexi-Hex packaging via Atelier Nash

By Studio Nash
Akitu, the first wine producer in New Zealand to launch sustainable Flexi-Hex packaging via Atelier Nash

In December we were the first New Zealand winery to roll out the ingenious Flexi-Hex packaging to fulfil our direct-to-consumer wine sales, this has been the final step in completely removing non recyclables and especially plastics from all our packaging. Flexi-Hex is an innovative design made from paper that is 100% plastic-free, recyclable, biodegradable, home compostable and can protect wine bottles dropped from 4metres. Now we agree that you’d have to be a bit of a meat-head to drop a perfectly good bottle of our beautiful wine from 4 metres but it should be sufficient to protect your wine from...

What Really Happens as Wine Ages?

By Andrew Donaldson
What Really Happens as Wine Ages?

Like a great old vintage, we thought this article from Anne Krebihl MW was too good not to share.  Read below some straightforward insights into the ageing of fine wine. Most wines sold in the world today are made for immediate consumption without the need for cellaring (our Pinot Noir Blanc for example). Some wine lovers, however, prefer to "lay wine down," or store bottles for a few years in order to enjoy them when the flavours have evolved.So what happens as wine ages, and how do its flavours change? Which wines should be aged? And, most importantly, why do we...

Drink good, do good. You get 10%, hospo get's 9%.

By Andrew Donaldson
Drink good, do good.  You get 10%, hospo get's 9%.
Dear friends, what a time we are living in!
The photo above is from the summit of Mt Barker - our home and isolation point. The eternal truth remains.......

He aha te mea nui o te ao. He tāngata, he tāngata, he tāngata
What is the most important thing in the world? It is people, it is people, it is people.

And now for something completely different.

By Andrew Donaldson
And now for something completely different.

Tastebuds meet the naked expression of the heartbreak grape, our Pinot Noir Blanc.  This style of Pinot Noir is not only utterly delicious and equally refreshing, it is the purest example of the vineyard and the vintage that we can imagine.Unlike a Rosé, a blanc wine spends no time on skins.  The white juice that hides inside the red grape skins makes a fascinating wine.  Only the juice from 100% Pinot Noir fruit can be called Pinot Noir Blanc, which is easy for us as it's the only thing we grow.Here's what Master Sommelier, Cameron Douglas had to say:A new release wine from the...