The Haythornthwaite Vineyard is located on the outskirts of the small village of Martinborough which is considered to be one of the driest regions in the country.
The eleven acre vineyard is a family owned boutique vineyard, situated on the ancient alluvial Martinborough river terraces made up of deep, free-draining gravel overlaid with a gravely silt loam. Mark and Susan Haythornthwaite grow Pinot Noir, Pinot Gris and Gewürztraminer.
Haythornthwaite Wines also known as HT3, focus on quality rather than quantity.
A clean, bright medium red with purple rim at bottling in colour, this wine has complex dark cherry and subtle plum aromas abound, with nuances of oak vanillins that will show when the wine is warm. Not intended to be over done. To the palate there is a fine balance of fruit and oak tannins finish the abundant depth of fruit flavour. Cellaring for five to seven years in a cool cellar will make this a truly elegant wine.
Beautiful medium red with a trace purple hue in colour, this wine has attractive aromatic Morello cherries abound, and with vanilla oak influencing the background. Complexity and youthfulness join to entice.The palate is dry with good weight and fruitfulness, well-balanced fruit acid, with elegance and finesse. A medium life wine for the variety so while enjoyable now watch the way this wine grows more and more complex in the bottle over a five to seven year period.
Beautiful light gold colour with a slight tinge of green in colour, this wine has a fragrant, pungent, varietal aroma. This will develop more in bottle. The palate is richly sweet with good weight and fruitfulness. It is well balanced, again with elegance and finesse. Lower alcohol and lower T.A makes this wine a long living wine with an even richer flavour potential in time. Cellar medium term for 7 to 10 years in a cooler cellar.
Beautiful light gold colour with a slight tinge of green in colour, this wine has a fragrant, pungent, varietal aroma that will develop more in bottle. The palate is just off dry with good weight and fruitfulness and a hint of residual sweetness. It is well balanced, again with elegance and finesse. A long living wine with a richer flavour potential in time. Keep for a medium term, 7 to 10 years in a cooler cellar.
This tightly structured and delicately flavoured wine is bone dry and is best enjoyed with food where its dryness cleans the palate and emphasises the food flavours. Best enjoyed from 2014 until 2017 and beyond.