Southern Cross and Nikau Point from The Wine Portfolio

The Wine Portfolio is a set of brands developed around Morton Estate. With the different labels, the company, owned by John Coney, has been able to grow significantly in all sectors of the domestic and international markets and efficiently use the considerable existing resources of company and in fact grow over the last decade. Arguably the best-known label is Nikau Point, introduced in 2002, designed to accompany Pacific cuisine. Other lines include Penny Lane, created in 2007, Southern Cross in 2008 and Cathedral Cove in 2010. The sparkling ‘Mimi’ brand was released in 2011 and ‘Southern Dawn’ last year, the latter targeting sales in China.

The Wine Portfolio sources fruit from five vineyards in Hawke’s Bay and two in Marlborough, which are under the care of Pete Scott, with the company for over 15 years, and he is assisted by John Arlidge in the ‘Kinross’ vineyard in Hawke’s Bay, and by Tom Van der Burgh with the Marlborough sites. Winemaker is Will Shields, who joined the company in 2012. Harking from the Hunter Valley, Will has had extensive experience throughout Australia, more recently from Western Australia where he was winemaker at Clairault and Vasse Felix before that. In The Wine Portfolio winemaking team also are Michael Sweetlove in Katikati and Leigh Ashworth in Hawke’s Bay.

The ‘Riverview’ winery in Hawke’s Bay is the main facility where most of the Hawke’s Bay fruit is processed, and the barrel maturation is conducted. Some of the fruit that does not see oak is handled in the original Katikati winery, where the company also runs its Morton Estate cellar door. Of the Marlborough fruit, whites are crushed in Marlborough and trucked to Katikati for fermentation. The Pinot Noir is crushed and fermented in both Hawke’s Bay and in Marlborough at a contract facility, but barrel maturation is in Hawke’s Bay.

Here I review a selection of value-priced Southern Cross and Nikau Point ‘Reserve’ wines.


  • Southern Cross Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc 2013
  • Southern Cross Hawke’s Bay Chardonnay 2010
  • Nikau Point ‘Reserve’ Marlborough Pinot Gris 2011
  • Nikau Point ‘Reserve’ Marlborough Pinot Noir 2013

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