Nga Waka

Excited by early Martinborough wines and fueled with optimism, and parental retirement savings, Nga Waka was established on 4ha of bare land in Martinborough in 1988 by the Parkinson family. More than 20 years on, and now 10ha, Nga Waka is still family-owned and remains focused on producing fine Martinborough wine for the table and cellar. Roger Parkinson looks after winegrowing, marketing and management and is ably supported, since 1996, by fanatical vineyard manager Mike Kershaw. Roger's wife Carol, a chartered accountant, manages the finances and Roger.

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2016 Vintage Report: The Big Dry

Growing season (Oct-Apr) data: Rainfall (mm) Season 15-16 14-15 13-14 12-13 11-12 10-11 09-10 08-09 07-08 06-07 05-06 October 26 35 105 69 110 40 63 70 88 126 67 November 21 55 67 33 87 29 53 11 28 61 18 December 31 29 36 82 113 25 49 91 74 60 41 January 70 3 48 43 76 76 114 7 16 31 24 February 17 36 23 69 36 11 17 121 29 10 37 March 19…

2015 Vintage Report: small but perfectly formed

Growing season (Oct-Apr) data: Rainfall (mm) Season 14-15 13-14 12-13 11-12 10-11 09-10 08-09 07-08 06-07 05-06 October 35 105 69 110 40 63 70 88 126 67 November 55 67 33 87 29 53 11 28 61 18 December 29 36 82 113 25 49 91 74 60 41 January 3 48 43 76 76 114 7 16 31 24 February 36 23 69 36 11 17 121 29 10 37 March 41 71 95 111 85 45 35…

Glengarry Summer of Riesling tasting February 2015

Here’s what had Raymond Chan has to say about our 2011 Riesling after a tasting hosted by Riesling nut (that’s a good thing) Meredith Parkin at Glengarry, Thorndon Quay, Wellington. Nga Waka Martinborough Riesling Dry 2011 Full, even, lemon hued straw-yellow colour. The bouquet is intense and concentrated with aromas of limes and toast, beginning […]

2012 Riesling Tasting: Alsace and Mosel

Last week our bottle supplier OI hosted their annual Bob Campbell MW tasting. This year we were looking at Alsace and Mosel Rieslings from the 2012 vintage, a low-yielding, generally wet year “saved” by better conditions in the latter part of the season. Variable quality is the norm for wetter seasons with better sites and […]

2013 Lease Block Pinot Noir

1 October 2014 It is 12 years since we launched our single vineyard “Block” label with Home Block Chardonnay. Since then I have been looking forward to having Pinot Noir vines of sufficient age to also merit a single vineyard designation. The launch of 2013 Lease Block Pinot Noir this month fulfills that wish. The [...]

2014 Vintage Report: Perfect (by the skin of our teeth)

Growing season (Oct-Apr) data: Rainfall (mm) Season 13-14 12-13 11-12 10-11 09-10 08-09 07-08 06-07 05-06 October 105 69 110 40 63 70 88 126 67 November 67 33 87 29 53 11 28 61 18 December 36 82 113 25 49 91 74 60 41 January 48 43 76 76 114 7 16 31 24 February 23 69 36 11 17 121 29 10 37 March 71 95 111 85 45 35 39 44 67 April 172 35…

The Age of Riesling

Raymond Chan – wine industry stalwart, judge, commentator and author of  www.raymondchanwinereviews.co.nz has his say on Nga Waka Riesling following a recent vertical tasting. Raymond’s overall assessment and detailed notes are re-printed here with Raymond’s kind permission.…

Advance Australia Fair: oh the irony!

As well as marking the middle of Winter, July is the month when the Australian government demonstrates, with cold hard cash, that it understands the challenges faced by small wineries in Australia and New Zealand(by virtue of CER) and does something about it.…

2013 Vintage Report: A Goldilocks Season

  Growing season (Oct-Apr) data: Rainfall (mm) Season 12-13 11-12 10-11 09-10 08-09 07-08 06-07 05-06 October 69 110 40 63 70 88 126 67 November 33 87 29 53 11 28 61 18 December 82 113 25 49 91 74 60 41 January 43 76 76 114 7 16 31 24 February 69 36 11 17 121 29 10 37 March 95 111 85 45 35 39 44 67 April 35 70 103 7 37 98 43 61…

Excise = state sanctioned theft

Well, the government confirmed the addition of another 3c a litre to its multi-million-dollar program of stealing money from wineries and rural communities aka Excise.…

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  • Address: Kitchener Street
    Martinborough, 5711
  • Postal: P O Box 128
    Martinborough 5741