Many people will recall last summer without a great deal of fondness, but actually it was OK for grape growing and we were on track for a top vintage. This was disrupted slightly by autumn rain in the last few weeks, which created a bit of a challenge. Our very experienced vineyard team managed the situation with aplomb, and this, combined with judicious winemaking will ensure that the 2017 wines will shape up and be pretty nice by the time they are released.
Dark Summit 2013
Our premier Bordeaux blend is dominated by Cabernet Sauvignon grapes as always, with substantial support from Malbec and Cabernet Franc. 2013 was possibly the best red wine vintage we have had in 21 years of winemaking, certainly among the best two or three, and it shows in this wine. Gorgeous now, but still very young – definitely a keeper!
Compleat PiG 2016
Our first “Orange” wine, from the 2015 vintage, was a huge success. This is a different wine style, new to 21stcentury wine drinkers but also very old, and a style which sophisticated palates found intriguing and very enjoyable. We have just released the 2016 version and it is every bit as good as its predecessor. A deeply coloured pinot gris, full-flavoured, rich and warm. A very versatile food wine and a great white wine for the winter.
Changing of the guard
As some of you will know we (Robin and Marion Ransom) retired from the hospitality side of Ransom Wines half way through last year. The business is now owned by Bella Bi and Tony Yan, residents of the North Shore for many years, originally from China. Our son, Gabriel is still the winemaker and Marion’s brother, Rob Pinder is still the vineyard manager. We are now living locally in Point Wells and enjoying a more leisurely lifestyle, but are still actively working with Ransom Wines.
We are extremely grateful for the support and encouragement we have received from regular customers, visitors to the winery, friends and family over many years. Now that we are not there so often, we do miss the wonderfully enriching encounters we experienced, catching up with old acquaintances and meeting so many interesting people – including Ransoms from other parts of the world, finding both real and imagined connections! We thank you, one and all. Along with the excellent people who worked alongside us, you have been the heart of the business.
Bella and Tony and ourselves are very pleased to announce the appointment of the new manager, Rachel Macfarlane. Rachel is an experienced hospitality professional and well known as such in the Mahurangi-Matakana area. A past employee, friend and chef David Bennett, is currently doing a great job managing the winery kitchen.
These are excellent developments for Ransom Wines. There won’t be any radical changes. Everyone will be working hard to ensure you can continue to enjoy great wines and warm hospitality at the cellar door and winebar. We look forward to your continued support.
We are open Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays 10am to 5pm, through these cooler winter months. Please email us firstname.lastname@example.org to make a booking.
Heartfelt thanks from the team at Ransom Wines.