Theory & Practice and Craft Farm Aromatic Wines, 2017, 2016 and 2015


Ant Mackenzie has built up a very strong reputation for aromatic wines from fis time at Framingham, Spy Valley, Mud House and Dry River. Under his own brands, he is revelling in making these wines and other innovative styles, as well as the more classical Hawke’s Bay wines. Here, I review a selection of the aromatic wines as new releases. The Theory & Practice Pinot Gris is regarded by Ant as "pretty straight down the line” but there are tweaks. Ant aims to make "ultra-powerful Gewurztraminer”, otherwise he "would rather not make anything!”. In 2017, Gewurztraminer did not fare well, but he is very happy with the results to date. The ‘Rose Hip’ wine is an aromatic white blend that has been given some skin contact in the ‘natural wine’ mould, following some observations of his colleague Hayden Penny’s ‘Green Glow’ and ‘Spooklight’ wines. Clearly there is much to follow with Ant’s aromatic wines. www.antswines.co.nzhttp://www.antswines.co.nz


  • Theory & Practice Hawke’s Bay Pinot Gris 2017
  • Craft Farm ‘Rose Hip’ Hawke’s Bay 2016
  • Craft Farm Hawke’s Bay Gewurztraminer 2015
  • Craft Farm Hawke’s Bay Gewurztraminer Bunch Selection 2016

Latest wine reviews, news, events and more. 🍷
We respect your privacy.