Welcome to Woodside Hill Winery e-cellar door
Woodside Hill is a small family-owned producer that specialises in Merlot/Cabernet Franc blends. The site is situated on a north-facing slope, mostly about 20 degrees, on Waiheke Island.
A typical year for us is a wet and windy spring followed by a dry summer, that with a bit of luck holds out until the end of march when we harvest.
Our vineyard is planted in 70% Merlot, 25% Cabernet Franc and 5% Petit Verdot.
Our clay soils hold water from winter rains so there is no irrigation required on our site. This keeps yields low at around 3.5 - 4 tonnes across our hectare of vines. Typically our Reserve wines are 50% new oak (mostly fine-grained subtle oak) and spend 18 months in barrel and then 2 years in bottle before release
Reserve Vintage 2015 Michael Cooper's New Zealand WInes 2021 5 Stars
"powerful, fleshy, rich red with deep ripe blackcurrent plum and spice flavours, complex, savoury and supple. Drinking well now it should mature gracefully for a decade
Reserve Vintage 2013 Dish Tasting Panel Merlot June-July 2015 5 Stars and Third Overall
"Great Colour dense and bright showing lovely oak, nice complexity, vanilla spiced plum, sweet fruit entry, generous approachable and juicy. Luscious texture and solid length of flavour"