Rock Ferry Methodes, the 3rd Rock Range and Tempranillo 2013

There are many facets to the Rock Ferry winegrowing venture of Tom and Fiona Hutchison. They developed their Marlborough and Central Otago vineyards from 2005 and these are now certified BioGro organic and run with biodynamic regimes. Rock Ferry is also a member of MANA, the Marlborough Natural Winemakers group. A broad and technically diverse range of wines is made, including method traditionelle, estate and single vineyard wines from Marlborough and Central Otago, with rarities such as Tempranillo from Central Otago. Allan McWilliams is the winemaker, and one can see his experience and increasing confidence with the wines as the vines grow in maturity.

These new releases feature the 3rd Rock’ range which is a rebranding of the ‘estate’ label. The new labels have been created to come into line with the special designs of the single vineyard labels, by Jo Bradshaw, which are based in part on the Fibonacci sequence, a mathematical progression which is apparent in growth patterns in nature, such as the silver fern and nautilus shell. The Rock Ferry single vineyard labels also have an appearance similar to astronomical bodies, and ‘3rd Rock’ is of course another name for the planet Earth. It comes as no surprise that Tom Hutchison has a strong interest in astronomy. Here, I review two methode wines, three ‘3rd Rock’ wines and the 2013 Central Otago Tempranillo.


  • Rock Ferry Methode Traditionnelle Brut NV
  • Rock Ferry Marlborough Methode Traditionnelle Blanc de Blancs 2010
  • Rock Ferry ‘3rd Rock’ Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc 2015
  • Rock Ferry ‘3rd Rock’ Marlborough Chardonnay 2014
  • Rock Ferry ‘3rd Rock’ Central Otago Pinot Noir 2013
  • Rock Ferry ‘Trig Hill Vineyard’ Central Otago Tempranillo 2013

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