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Nutcracker Limited Edition Viognier

Only 300 bottles of our Nutcracker Viognier are produced each year. Because of the very small area planted we can give each vine dedicated attention to ensure that we get the best possible fruit development.

Slow-ripening variety

Viognier is always the last variety to be picked in the vineyard and Marlborough provides just the right number of growing days to ripen the Viognier grape. As vine balance is essential for flavour development, the vine is shoot thinned, fruit thinned and leaf plucked by hand.

The winemaking process

The grapes are handpicked, de-stemmed and left to soak on skins for 24 hours.  The crushed grapes are gently pressed and the juice transferred to stainless-steel tanks for fermentation. Having made no additions the fermentation is allowed to start naturally and once completed the wine is aged in old French barriques for 12 months.


Cellaring potential

Nutcracker Viognier is a true handcrafted boutique wine – aging creates a smooth palate, and flavours will continue to develop for 4-plus years.

  • 93pts – Bob Campbell, Master of Wine * Top Ranked, (rating and value)

    “Richly textured and quite concentrated Sauvignon Blanc, with pink grapefruit, guava, lemongrass and red capsicum flavours. Weighty wine with a hint of nutty yeast lees character. Quite a complex and appealing Sauvignon. Drink 2015 to 2019”

  • 4.5 stars Winestate Magazine (Michael Cooper, MW)

    Sweet-fruited, it is mouthfilling and dry, with excellent delicacy and depth of fresh, tropical fruit flavours, balanced acidity and a smooth finish. A very harmonious wine, it’s already delicious.


Nutcracker Viognier 2016

88pts, Bob Cambell MW
Medium-bodied viognier in fresh and tangy rather then rich and warming style. It's a reasonably high-energy wine, with apricot kernel and subtle floral and nut flavours.

Luxury vineyard accommodation

Walnut Block Cottages offer superb 5-star accommodation in a secluded setting among the vines – perfect for travellers seeking a relaxing destination, for wine lovers looking for a taste of the vineyard lifestyle, and for any special occasion.