The three sons of Maurice and Betty met the three daughters of Bob and Merle. The middle son and the eldest daughter were bonded in matrimony, and were blessed with three daughters.
Hamden, a mix of the family names was to become their Estate. Located on the Dry River Teraces in Martinborough, the soils drain free, producing premium wine with intense varietal flavours. The vines were planted by the owners, their daughters and loyal friends whose enthusiasm for digging holes in the stony river bed waned after the first hour. The grapes were picked with some assistance and abundant advice from the three daughters, of which only some advice was related to the vineyard. This is clearly evident in the end result.
This wine may be recognised as a little closer to the traditional New Zealand Sauvignon but is overlaid with Martinborough's restraint. It shows capsicum and cut grass on the nose and passionfruit and pineapple on the palate without any harsh acidity.
The grapes for this wine were picked as they showed just-ripe berry fruit characters. Hints of strawberries with a lovely grainy textured wine with balanced fruit and acidity. Perfect for the summer picnic or barbecue.
This wine shows stonefruit on the nose, particularly dried apricots and some nuttiness showing the light oak treatment with smooth caramel and cinnamon on the palate. Although vinted to absolute dryness it has just a hint of oak with no tart edges.