Featured Winery April 2024 – Postage Stamp Wines – Waiheke Island


This month we head on over to Waiheke Island to visit Postage Stamp Wines. Inspired by the beauty of Waiheke Island, Andrew Barnes and Charlotte Lockhart turned their dream into a reality – ‘A home in paradise surrounded by vineyards.’

Postage Stamp Wines Cellar Door

THE PEOPLE

Postage Stamp Wines owner, Andrew Barnes dreamed of a home overlooking vineyards. Originating from the UK, it was only natural that Bordeaux held a special place in his heart. However, the paths of logic and love often diverge.

After falling for a Kiwi, Charlotte Lockhart, he found himself on Waiheke Island, captivated by the spectacular views of the Hauraki Gulf. As their love for wine grew, so too their vineyards, adding two more vineyards to the collection.

Since 2017, they have aspired to make wines that showcase the Islands terroir, while achieving a balance of approach-ability and complexity.

Today their range showcases the diversity and versatility of their local varietals, from sparkling wines to cellar worthy reds, with every wine guaranteed to be made from local grapes.

A Journey in Every Glass

Postage Stamp is a collection of high quality, boutique Waiheke Island wines from a selection of small, artisan vineyards.

THE PLACE

At their home, nestled a near-untouched slope of grass, a perfect spot for a quaint vineyard of Marsanne grapes. From a distance, it mirrored the appearance of a postage stamp, which ultimately inspired their name today.

Over the years, their passion for vineyards burgeoned into an obsession, leading them to acquire small parcels (or stamps) across the island’s diverse landscape, stretching as far as the historic View East Vineyard.

This surge in wine production couldn’t possibly be consumed by one family alone, especially when it’s this exceptional! Thus, a couple of years ago, they made the final plot of land purchase.

They planted illustrious varieties like Roussanne and transformed their backyard oasis into the Postage Stamp Cellar Door.

Here, visitors can savour aged wines, diverse styles including sparkling, and indigenous varietals, all proudly sourced from Waiheke Island fruit. Starting in April 2024, the iconic Obsidian wines will also grace their shelves.

So, come for a visit, and discover why they believe there is ‘a journey in every bottle.’

Come visit their backyard oasis with views of the vineyard, chapel, and olive grove. A relaxing environment to enjoy a wine tasting or with a glass in hand.

Bus stops to Matiatia or Onetangi Beach are directly outside – Open 7 days a week through summer.

Wine Tastings 11am till 5pm Cellar Door 11am till 6pm – ADDRESS 68 Onetangi Road Waiheke Island 1971

THE WINES

Postage Stamp wines produce a range of varieties and styles. Grapes include the standard NZ varieties such as Chardonnay, Pinot Gris, Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc and Syrah, but they also produce Montepulciano an Italian variety, and Tempranillo which originates in Spain.

Each wine is personalized with a name such as the Chardonnay where Ariki means “Chief” in Maori, Ariki referring to their classic yacht from 1905, still racing to this day. All these wines plus a Sparkling Rose, a still Rose and several earlier vintages of their View East and K3 Syrah releases are also available through the online shop on their website.

https://postagestampwines.co.nz/

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JB’s Tasting Notes

Postage Stamp Wines ‘Ariki’ Chardonnay 2019, Waiheke Island NZ
Bright mid straw in colour with golden hues. The nose is fresh and complex with aromas of white flowers, ripe peach, citrus, sweet apple & nutty, bready notes. Finely textured palate with juicy stone-fruit, apple & citrus, subtle oak & a grape-fruity acidity – a crisp, fruit-driven textural wine with a satisfying long, dry finish. Made from Clone 95 & Clone 15 grapes from the 0.8ha Te Arae vineyard, hand harvested, barrel fermented and aged for 10 months in French oak. RRP:$40.00

Postage Stamp Wines ‘Prospect’ Waiheke Red 2021, Waiheke Island NZ
Deep black cherry / dark purple coloured to the rim, medium bodied. The nose has aromas of ripe dark berries & plums, a hint of black olives, savoury earth & spiced oak notes. The palate is very smooth, with lovely silky tannins, a fine acid line, ripe plums & black berry fruit flavours, a little savoury / leather / earth with subtle oak influence. Excellent! 40% Merlot, 32% Cabernet Sauvignon, 18% Cabernet Franc & 10% Petit Verdot, all from the Onetangi Valley. Hand harvested, fermented separately in 1 or 2 T fermenters, aged in old barrels for 10 months before blending & bottling. Excellent, well priced Bordeaux style red. RRP:$45.00

Postage Stamp Wines ‘Camino’ Tempranillo 2021, Waiheke Island NZ
Black cherry / purple in colour lighter at the rim, medium- bodied. Fragrant nose of cherry, plum, dark berry, a savoury herb note & vanilla oak. Lovely concentrated palate with dark berry & plum fruit flavours & savoury green herb notes, a lively acid backbone & chalky tannins adding grip & texture, subtle oak and a long bone-dry finish – a taste of Spain but from Waiheke! Excellent. Clone 776 Tempranillo from the Onetangi Valley, was hand harvested, fermented in 2T fermenters, aged in 15% new American oak and remaining old American oak.
RRP:$57.00

Postage Stamp Wines ‘Generoso’ Montepulciano 2021 Waiheke Island NZ
Deep purple / black cherry in colour to the rim, ample bodied wine with nice legs too! Enticing bouquet with dark & red fruit aromas, blackcurrant, ripe black-doris plum & sweet spices. The palate is soft and supple, smooth & finely textured. Fruit flavours reflecting the palate are intertwined with fine silky tannins, a gentle acidity & subtle oak influence. Beautifully integrated tasty / very drinkable wine. Excellent. Clone TK06640 Montepulciano grapes from the Onetangi Valley were hand harvested, fermented in 2T fermenters & aged in old barrels for 10 months before bottling. RRP: $57.00

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