Their philosophy relies on great terroir and traditional processes; aiming to make all of their wines as naturally as possible in order to produce true terroir driven wines. They use dry farming techniques as well as indigenous yeasts and add nothing to the wines other than a little sulphur before bottling. The wines are unfined and unfiltered in order to produce dry aromatic and skin-fermented white wines in a very clean and direct style.
Their vineyard at Millar Road has proven pedigree being in proximity to and on similar soils, slope and aspect as Te Mata Coleraine, one of New Zealand’s most accoladed vineyards. Over 90% of New Zealand’s vineyards are on flat land with alluvial gravel soils, so this soil and site produces very distinctive wines in a New Zealand context.
The vineyard is an amazing site for viticulture being situated on a north-facing hillside with slopes up to 30 degrees. Soils are lime-rich clay with volcanic influence – they are classified as Matapiro sandy loam over Kidnappers Group sandstone and carbonaceous mudstone.
The Millar Road property is 19.4 hectares, with 8.9 hectares planted in vines – 8.0 hectares Sauvignon Blanc (approximately 18,000 plants) and 0.9 hectares Pinot Gris (approximately 1,800 plants). Vines were planted in 2004 and 2005.
Supernatural Wine Co. obtained full organic certification with BioGro New Zealand
in March 2015 and commenced biodynamic farming practices in 2015.
Supernatural Wine Co. was founded in 2009 by Millar Road owner Gregory Collinge and winemaker Gabrielle Simmers. Gabrielle now runs Salmanazar
, an export collective focused on taking New Zealand’s finest organic and biodynamic wines to the world.