Soljans ‘Fusion’, and 2016 ‘Reserve’ Chardonnay, Merlot Cabernet Malbec and ‘Tribute’


Soljans Estate has a venerable winegrowing history stretching back to 1932 when Bartul Soljan, coming from the Croatian island of Hvar, planted vines in Henderson. The company is the third oldest winery that is still owned and operated by the original family. Today, Bartul’s grandson Tony Soljan heads the business which comprises a specialised winery, cellar door and café complex on S.H. 16, Kumeu. Tony is joined by daughters Tonia and Lisa, and Tonia’s children Tyler and Amber involved in the business. Tony and his winemaker Jim Corkin make a broad portfolio of wines under the ‘Estate’, ‘Barrique Reserve’ and ‘Premium’ tiers, with fruit sourced from different regions. Soljans has a particular expertise with, and the specialised equipment for sparkling wines that encompasses Sparkling Muscat to Methode Traditionnelle, and the company bottles a number of the country’s leading sparkling wines on site. Here, I review the ‘Fusion’ Sparkling Muscat, 2016 ‘Barrique Reserve’ Chardonnay, ‘Estate’ Merlot/Cabernet/Malbec, and ‘Tribute’ Merlot/Malbec. www.soljans.co.nz


  • Soljans ‘Fusion’ Sparkling Muscat NV
  • Soljans ‘Barrique Reserve’ Hawke’s Bay Chardonnay 2016
  • Soljans Hawke’s Bay Merlot/Cabernet/Malbec 2016
  • Soljans ‘Tribute’ Hawke’s Bay Merlot/Malbec 2016

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