"Deep, dark colour with a trace of purple in the rim. Strong underbrush aromas, bunchy and dried-herbal, dry twigs and bracken, the palate echoing this with a very savoury, drying style. It's quite oaky. Also lean and tense, with taut structure and good length. Drink: 2022–2027"
87 Points | Huon Hooke, The Real Review, Jan 2022

A medium bodied Pinot with notes of dark cherries, redcurrant, earth and herbs. Displaying cool fruited notes of red current and dried cherry, with a nice leafy edge to the tannins. Made by the highly intelligent, deeply thoughtful winemaker, Andrew Hedley.


Makipai Wines is a partnership between two good friends who needed an ongoing excuse to get together and chat about music (mainly punk-think Stiff Little Fingers and The Clash) and football (mainly about the five minutes when Newcastle United were good). The two friends are Andrew Hedley (ex-winemaker at Framingham) and a Sydney wine merchant. The wines are made by Andrew with love and care and these first releases are aimed at giving brilliant quality at extremely reasonable prices.

From a single vineyard called Ward Farm, down south from the Awatere valley. Soils are argillic-sodic-fragic pallic (we know!) - basically loess (ie calcarious) formed from Greywacke over gravels. 15 to 20 yr old vines. All stainless ferment, at warm temp with cultured yeast, with natural malolactic fermentation. No sulphur added at all until bottling. Gentle fining with isinglass (so non vegan friendly), and with filtration of course.


Grape Variety Pinot Gris
Closure Screwcap
Bottle Size 750ml
SKU MP3519