Silver Wing Wines of Waipara

Silver Wing is the new wine label of Andrew Fox, who after working for producers in Marlborough, Hawke’s Bay and North Canterbury, as well in Navarra in Spain wanted to make his own wine. In 2010, Andrew set up contracts with a number of Waipara wine growers and rented space at a winery on Mackenzies Road. He converted two 1,200 L beer tanks, purchased two vats and a dozen barrels, and as he says "it was all on”. Andrew says "it’s all about the fruit”, and hand-picks the grapes, employs wild ferments, batonnage and is happy with plenty of skin contact. Here, I review a selection of his releases. They are certainly complex and adventurous in their style, and some understanding of Andrew’s approach will be helpful in their appreciation.


  • Silver Wing Waipara Riesling 2011
  • Silver Wing Waipara Pinot Gris 2011
  • Silver Wing Waipara Chardonnay 2012
  • Silver Wing Waipara Pinot Noir 2011
  • Silver Wing Waipara Late Harvest Noble Riesling 2011

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