Stonecroft is a small, family owned winery in the Gimblett Gravels, Hawke’s Bay. Established in 1982, Stonecroft has the oldest Syrah vines in New Zealand. The winery produces only a very small number of bottles, using traditional methods. It is well known for its Syrah, Cabernet Sauvignon/ Merlot blends, Zinfandel, Gewürztraminer and Chardonnay wines. Pruning and harvesting are carried out by hand. All three vineyards are certified organic and yields are very low. Stonecroft's approach in the winery is one of minimal intervention. The wines are intense, full-bodied, elegant and fruit-driven, but capable of significant bottle development.
Stonecroft is a very energy efficient operation and the winery design is largely responsible for achieving this. High quality insulation means that heating is only required during the short period while the wines are undergoing malolactic fermentation, using a single small fan heater. Winter cooling is achieved through natural ventilation. In the winery, we have recently installed a small chiller unit for the summer months enabling us to keep the reds at a cool enough temperature so that no addition of sulphur is required. Maximising the use of natural lighting reduces the need for electric lighting. We have no air-conditioning… Continue reading →
All grey water from the winery is processed in our dedicated waste water treatment plant and clarified water is used for irrigating the vineyard. This means that waste water goes back into the soil, rather than being pumped off site for treatment. As we do not use chemicals for cleaning, there is no risk of contamination of the unconfined aquifier which is located directly below the vineyard. Cooling water is reused in the winery. Continue reading →
At Stonecroft, we are committed to organic practices. All three of our vineyards and the winery have organic certification through AsureQuality and IFOAM accreditation. This means we do not use herbicides or pesticides in the vineyards. We use an under-vine weeder which helps to control weeds without the use of chemicals, together with disking and some cultivation. We also use compost and seaweed to improve the health of the soil and encourage beneficial insects by planting appropriate companion plants. Wild flowers have been sowed every seventh row. All of our winery organic waste such as skins, stems and marc is… Continue reading →