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Sherwood Estate, New Zealand

Pioneers of the Waipara Valley the Sherwood family have been working this land for over 30 years.

Waipara is a region with great potential that is still to be realised fully, with greater extremes of frost and warmth than its close neighbours, Marlborough and Nelson. Pinot Noir and Pinot Gris are a special focus here with a fresh regional style of their own. Perfect counterpoints to some of the more famous regions of NZ.

Viticulture

The winery is fully accredited under Sustainable Winegrowers guidelines. Sherwood Estate’s overriding vineyard philosophy revolves around the word balance, which is imperative for Pinot Noir which is their passion although they also grow, with much success, Sauvignon Blanc, Riesling and Chardonnay. Sherwood Estate is committed to showing continual improvement in environmental management practice and performance, in all activities seek to identify, monitor and improve the company's impact on the environment. Sherwood Estate has always had an obsession with Pinot Noir and the five different vineyard sites they own in the Waipara Valley each has its own unique soils, climates and idiosyncrasies. The different vineyards give great scope for producing distinctive regional style wines.

Winemaking

All Sherwood Estate’s production and processing is done at the winery in Waipara, from fruit reception, crushing, pressing, fermentation, racking, filtering, bottling and dispatch. The winery is fully accredited under Sustainable Winegrowers guidelines. The winemaking team of Petter Evans and Ian Whiteaker are dedicated to maximising the potential of every grape grown on the vineyards and ensuring that every bottle of wine that rolls off the bottling line meets the exacting standards that are expected. Sherwood Estate operate their own modern and fully equipped winery where all winemaking tasks are undertaken from crushing and pressing — through to bottling, under the careful guidance of Senior Winemaker, Petter Evans.

HIGHLIGHTS
  • Exceeds current compliance with local environmental legislation, is committed to reducing pollution and waste and finding more efficient uses of energy and water.
  • Use of biological controls for pest and disease management.
  • Incorporates environmental performance standards when assessing potential suppliers and encourages existing suppliers to improve their standards.