New Zealand wines for restaurants, hotels and trade

Wines from Rock Ferry

Rock Ferry Wines was launched in 2005 by grape grower Tom Hutchison and his wife Fiona. They started off with small amounts of Sauvignon Blanc, Pinot Gris, Riesling and Chardonnay.

"A modern take on tradition" sums up the Rock Ferry winemaking philosophy. For them, making authentic as well as making the best wines they can wine is very important, Hence, All grapes are hand harvested and hand sorted across a table. Rock Ferry allow natural yeasts the ability to do their thing wherever possible. Sulfur is sparingly used and the wines are bottled with minimal fining and filtration.

Embodying the old world philosophy of oak supporting fruit in wine a range of traditional oak vessels are used. For example, puncheons are used for the white wines and for some of the Rock Ferry Central Otago Pinot Noir to express the floral characters of the fruit. The wines are released when they are ready, which means they allow the wines to mature. You will therefore find that the vintages of some of the wines are older than a lot of other Marlborough wines.

Their aim is simply to make good, authentic wine – wine that is a pure expression of the variety and site and encompasses the complexity, texture and balance that all good wine requires.