Eureka Wines – A Micro Wine Label


Eureka Wines is the result of two ex-pat Brits, Hugh Girling and Stephen Rae who have set up a boutique ‘micro wine label' in Marlborough. The aim of Hugh, the winemaker, and Stephen who is a supplier of wine equipment, is to hand-craft small batches of wines made with individual points of difference. The wines are made using techniques that are not mainstream in this country. For one wine, Girling and Rae have employed acacia wood barrels rather than oak, noting the low tannin impact suited to aromatic white wine production. Another wine involves laying the grapes out on straw for dehydration and subsequent sugar concentration. This drying is used in the making of vin santo and vin de paille, as well as amarone and recioto. While radical here, the approaches are more widely utilised in other countries, so it will be very interesting to see the fusion of these methods with New Zealand fruit. My reviews of the first two releases, both from the 2011 vintage, follow. For sales enquiries, contact Stephen Rae on Cell: (021) 168-6615, or email: [email protected]  


  • Eureka Marlborough Gewurztraminer 2011

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