Theory & Practice and Craft Farm 2016 Chardonnay and 2015 Syrah


Ant Mackenzie has an enviable track record as one of New Zealand’s leading winemakers, beginning at Framingham, then Spy Valley, Mud House, and recently as a consultant at Te Awa, Dry River and Villa Maria. Since then amidst his various other consultancies, he and his wife Fiona launched their own brands last year. He has his ‘Tono’ Spanish-inspired bottlings, the ‘Theory & Practice’ contemporary Hawke’s Bay wines, the ‘Alluviale’ brand which has alluvial-soiled Hawke’s Bay and Marlborough wines, and his ‘flagship’ ‘Craft Farm’ single-site offerings. The wines I’ve tasted under these labels are remarkably good and true to the Mackenzie’s aspirations, considering the breadth of scope they cover. They have a success story in the making. Here, I review the new release 2016 Chardonnays and 2015 Syrahs under the Theory & Practice, and Craft Farm labels. The Craft Farm Syrah wine comes from John and Shona Lyons’ vineyard in the Bridge Pa district. With the increasing interest in the variety, especially on-premise, reports Ant, he is developing more vineyard area to Syrah with the Lyons. www.antswines.co.nz


  • Theory & Practice Hawke’s Bay Chardonnay 2016
  • Theory & Practice Hawke’s Bay Syrah 2015
  • Craft Farm Hawke’s Bay Chardonnay 2016
  • Craft Farm Hawke’s Bay Syrah 2015

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