Wing and Prayer 2015 and 2016 North Canterbury Riesling


‘Wing & Prayer’ is the wine brand of the Lumsden family who have a 10 hectare property in Swannanoa, 35 km north-west of Christchurch, purchased in 1994. The Lumsdens planted 1.2 ha of Riesling, the cuttings from the ‘Corbett’ block which supplied Corbans, and a little Pinot Noir in 1996. The fruit was contracted out to producers, but decided to make their own Riesling wine, the first vintage being an experimental one from the 2014 vintage, wild yeast fermented and made by Theo Coles. Then came the 2015 vintage which has been deemed able to be commercialised, followed by the 2016 and 2017. These wines have been made by Haydon Good at the Crater Rim winery in Omihi. Here, I review the 2015 and 2016 Wing & Prayer Rieslings. For availability, contact Barry Lumsden on email: [email protected]


  • Wing & Prayer ‘wildchild too’ North Canterbury Riesling 2015
  • Wing & Prayer ‘the good child’ North Canterbury Riesling 2016

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