winery is wholly-owned by Konrad and Sigrun Hengstler.
They originally migrated from Germany to Australia
and then, having decided to become involved in
the wine industry, made the move from there to New
to plant Sauvignon Blanc grapes in Marlborough.
two company-owned vineyards are located in the heart
of the Marlborough wine growing
region at the top of New Zealandís South Island. The
sites, one in the Wairau Valley (20 hectares) and the
other in the Waihopai Valley (10 hectares), have been
planted with Sauvignon Blanc, Riesling, and Pinot Noir
The Wairau Valley vineyard is
a very warm site producing early ripening wines. Waihopai
Valley, much closer to the frost line, is considered
more of a cool climate vineyard. The wines of Konrad
are selected from the two sites and then blended to
achieve an optimum balance
between rich, ripe flavors and fresh acidity. The technique
has been very successful, producing award-winning wines,
selected for medals in
Auckland, London, and Singapore.
With longer average hours of sunshine than any other
part of the country and the free-draining, silty, alluvial
loam, the terroir is superbly suited to viticulture.
Plants are irrigated throughout the summer and trained
on a vertical shoot positioning trellis. In early spring,
the Waihopai Valley vineyard is exposed to frost, therefore
frost protection through an overhead sprinkling system
has been installed. Reduced spray programs and focus
on traditional techniques, such as shoot thinning and
leaf and fruit plucking, are evidence of the companyís
commitment to vineyard-controlled quality.
wine features a wonderful array of lemon-lime mineral
notes coupled with tropical
to an exquisite palate of citrus and passion fruit
flavors. The focused fruit expression is enhanced with
the lively natural acid balance which gives this Sauvignon
Blanc a wonderfully long finish.
wine pairs beautifully with seafood,
poultry, pasta and Asian dishes, or just by itself.