The Boneline 2014 Sharkstone Chardonnay, Waimanu Pinot Noir and Cabernet Franc

The Boneline is the new label for the Waipara Valley family partnership of Tutton Sienko & Hill designed to connect with consumers in the Australasian and New World market. The partnership is well-known for the ‘Waipara West’ label which encompassed traditionally styled wines favoured by the European market. ‘The Boneline’ refers to the nearby K-T Boundary line that is evidence of the global catastrophe of an asteroid impact on the earth defining the end of the Mesozoic Era and the extinction of the dinosaurs. The labels feature fossils discovered in the Waipara River dating back as far as 65 million years.

The family own 25 ha of vines, now 25 years old, the vineyard in a natural amphitheatre with Sauvignon Blanc, Chardonnay and Riesling in white, and Pinot Noir, with Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot and Cabernet Franc in red, making a broad portfolio of wines. The Boneline is owned by London wine merchant Paul Tutton, his artist wife Olga Sienko, his sister Vic Tutton who is the business administrator and her husband Lindsay Hill, the viticulturist. Hill is assisted by Gary Quinn in the vineyard, and Jeff Sinnott is the winemaker, who has been involved fully since 2013, and he is supported by Sean Houghton. Here, I review the 2014 ‘Sharkstone’ Chardonnay, ‘Waimanu’ Pinot Noir and Cabernet Franc.


  • The Boneline ‘Sharkstone’ Waipara Chardonnay 2014
  • The Boneline ‘Waimanu’ Waipara Pinot Noir 2014
  • The Boneline Waipara Cabernet Franc 2014

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