Ginny, Jeremy, Gregory Collinge
Winemaker hayden penny joined Supernatural Wine Co. at the beginning of 2015. Hayden is one of a new breed of young passionate winemakers who is totally focused on organic and natural winemaking in order to truly express terroir. In 2006 Hayden graduated with a Bachelor of Viticulture and a Bachelor of Wine Science from E.I.T. Hawke’s Bay, ranking 1st and 2nd in his class respectively. After spending a year as Assistant Winemaker at award-winning Hawke’s Bay winery Te Awa, Hayden spent three years as a flying winemaker, gaining valuable experience in the Sonoma and Napa regions of California, Marlborough in New Zealand, the Yarra Valley in Australia, Toro in Spain and finally southern Bulgaria. In 2010, Hayden returned to Hawke’s Bay and helped launch William Murdoch Wines acting as Vineyard Manager and Winemaker. The wines of William Murdoch are now considered to be Hawke’s Bay’s finest, organic red wines.
Sauvignon Blanc, Pinot Gris
The vineyards at Millar Road Estate cover with 8.9 hectares of the 19 hectare property. 8.0 hectares Sauvignon Blanc (approximately 18,000 plants) and 0.9 hectares Pinot Gris (approximately 1,800 plants). Vines were planted in 2004 and 2005. The vineyard is an amazing site for viticulture being situated on a north-facing hillside with slopes up to 30 degrees. The site has proven pedigree being in proximity to and on similar soils, slope and aspect as Te Mata Coleraine, one of New Zealand’s most accoladed vineyards. Over 90% of New Zealand’s vineyards are on flat land with alluvial gravel soils, so this soil and site produces very distinctive wines in a New Zealand context.
Supernatural Wine Co. is a producer of certified organic, naturally vinified, low sulphur white and skin-fermented wines from a north-facing hillside estate in Hawke’s Bay, New Zealand. Established by the Collinge family – Ginny and Jeremy and son Gregory – in 2009 when they decided to to stop selling off the grapes from their estate vineyards and start producing their own wines. The family’s Millar Estate, overlooking the Pacific Ocean in Hawke’s Bay, is one part agrotourisim haven, one part art-house, and one part boutique winemaking facility. Their winemaking philosophy relies on great terroir and traditional processes. The aim is to make all wines at Supernatural Wine Co. as naturally as possible in order to produce true terroir driven wines.
Vineyards are dry farmed, and yeasts for fermentation are gathered from among the vines. No fining or filtration take place during vinification. The focus is to produce dry, aromatic and skin-fermented white wines in a very clean and direct style. Supernatural Wine Co. obtained full organic certification with BioGro New Zealand (www.biogro.co.nz) in March 2015 and commenced biodynamic farming practices in 2015.