New Zealand (Martinborough, Nelson and Hawkes Bay)
Importer: Brooks and Amos (info@brooksandamos.com)

Proprietors: Alex Craighead and Josefina Venturino
Year of Establishment: 2014
Av. bottles/annum: 7,000

Website: www.donwines.com

www.kindeli.com

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After years of making conventional wines for other people we decided that the only way to make truly hands off wines was to do it for ourselves. Since then we have developed our Don and Kindeli labels. Don (named after Josefina’s grandfather Don Ramon) is low intervention with a minor SO2 addition prior to bottle and Kindeli (meaning “of nature”) is dedicated zero added SO2.

 

We work with predominantly organic vineyards (both certified and un certified) either leasing or buying fruit from friends vineyards - with a long-term goal of owning the majority.

 

We aim to make simple and honest wines with as little interference as possible.

 

 


 

VINES

Pahi - martinborough

Size
4 hectares
% of your production
15%
Buying fruit
Harvested by hand
Irrigated
Soil/s
River gravels
Varieties planted
Pinot Gris
Training system
Vertical shoot positioning
Fertilizer
Mulch and seaweed
Pest control
Sulphur
Weed control
Conventional
When was it converted to natural farming
Not yet converted

 

Devotus - martinborough

Size
2.5 hectares
% of your production
20%
Buying fruit with input into vineyard management
Harvested by hand
Irrigated
Soil/s
River gravels
Varieties planted
Pinot Noir
Training system
Vertical shoot positioning
Fertilizer
Conventional (lime). Other, Manure, mulch and seaweed
Pest control
Sulphur
Weed control
Conventional and mechanical
When was it converted to natural farming
Not yet converted
Will the vineyard ever be converted? If so specify time frame
Yes, conversion is planned

Grava - martinborough

Size
5 hectares
% of your production
10%
Buying fruit
Harvested by hand
Irrigated
Soil/s
River gravels
Varieties planted
Riesling
Training system
Vertical shoot positioning
Fertilizer
Manure, mulch and seaweed
Pest control
Sulphur
Weed control
Mechanical only
When was it converted to natural farming
Beginning of 2014

 

Woollaston - nelson

Size
20 hectares
% of your production
30%
Buying fruit
Harvested by hand
Dry grown
Soil/s
Clay
Varieties planted
Pinot Noir / Pinot Gris
Training system
Vertical shoot positioning
Fertilizer
Manure, mulch and seaweed
Pest control
Sulphur
Weed control
No weed control
When was it converted to natural farming
Biogro certified

 

William Murdoch - hawkes bay

Size
8 hectares
% of your production
15%
Buying fruit
Harvested by hand
Dry grown
Soil/s
River gravels
Varieties planted
Syrah
Training system
Vertical shoot positioning
Fertilizer
Manure, mulch and seaweed
Pest control
Sulphur
Weed control
No weed control
When was it converted to natural farming
Biogro certified

 

Alana - martinborough

Size
17 hectares
% of your production
10%
Buying fruit and managing the vineyard
Harvested by hand
Dry grown
Soil/s
River gravels
Varieties planted
Chardonnay
Training system
Vertical shoot positioning
Fertilizer
Biodynamic preparations, manure, mulch and seaweed
Pest control
 
Weed control
 

 

 
 

Wines

Don Martinborough Pinot Gris

2015
Variety
Pinot Gris
Name of the vineyard/s where this fruit is sourced
Pahi
Days of skin contact
42 days
Filtered
No
Fined
No
Elevage
500L 6 year old barrels for 6 months then 6 months in clay amphora.
Wild Yeast
Total Sulphites (ppm)
25ppm

Don Nelson Pinot Gris

2015
Variety
Pinot Gris
Name of the vineyard/s where this fruit is sourced
Woollaston
Days of skin contact
30 days
Filtered
No
Fined
No
Elevage
500L 6 year old barrels for 6 months then 6 months in clay amphora.
Wild Yeast
Total Sulphites (ppm)
25ppm

Kindeli "El Jabali" Syrah

2015
Variety
Syrah
Name of the vineyard/s where this fruit is sourced
William Murdoch
Days of skin contact
6 days carbonic (66%), 14 days in amphora (34%)
Filtered
No
Fined
No
Elevage
Part kept in Stainless steel for 2 months then 225L 7 year old barrels for 4 months followed by 4 months in clay amphora.
Wild Yeast
Total Sulphites (ppm)
<10ppm (no addition)

Kindeli "La Pajarita" Pet-nat

2015
Variety
Riesling
Name of the vineyard/s where this fruit is sourced
Grava
Days of skin contact
6 hours
Filtered
No
Fined
No
Elevage
Kept in Stainless steel for 2 weeks then 500L 7 year old barrels for 4 weeks
Wild Yeast
Total Sulphites (ppm)
<10ppm (no addition)

Kindeli "La Zorra" Chardonnay

2014
Variety
Chardonnay
Name of the vineyard/s where this fruit is sourced
Alana
Days of skin contact
30 days
Filtered
No
Fined
No
Elevage
500L 7 year old barrels for 12 months
Wild Yeast
Total Sulphites (ppm)
<10ppm (no addition)

Don Martinborough Pinot Noir

2014
Variety
Pinot Noir
Name of the vineyard/s where this fruit is sourced
Devotus
Days of skin contact
10 days
Filtered
No
Fined
No
Elevage
225L 5 year old barrels for 12 months
Wild Yeast
Total Sulphites (ppm)
25ppm