Maimai Creek is the wine label of Stirling Vines Limited of Hawke’s Bay, New Zealand. Stirling Vines is a family run enterprise that began grape growing operations in 1994, supplying grapes to large wineries in New Zealand, primarily Sauvignon Blanc. In early 2002 we made the decision to market a portion of our own fruit under our own label, Maimai. Managed by Mal McLennan, Stirling Vines comprises two vineyards – Stirling vineyard located in Meeanee, and, the Sally’s Field vineyard in Bridge Pa. Maimai produces a range of white and red wines from two vineyards in Hawke’s Bay, with Sauvignon Blanc being grown in the cooler area of Meeanee, and Chardonnay, Malbec, Merlot, and Syrah being grown in the hotter regions surrounding Hastings.
About Stiring VinesThe name Maimai derives from a small stream that used to run along-side of the eastern boundary of our Meeanee property that we as children named “the creek.” In times of drought this creek was often a source of water for stock and water fowl. At some time in the early 1960’s a maimai (hunting blind) was built and the creek became known as Maimai Creek.
Stirling Vines has expanded its grape growing through a combination of planting on available land and through the acquisition of additional land for further planting.
“Good wines are made in the vineyard”
How many times have we heard that! But it is true. No matter how good the winemaker is they cannot make good wine out of poor or average grapes, they can only extract the best from the fruit that is at their disposal and the quality of the fruit is determined by environment and management of the vineyard in which it is grown.
We put a great deal of effort into the management of our vineyards with the aim to produce the best possible fruit that we can for the wine styles that we are making.
From the beginning of the season - mid winter - when we prune the vines, through to the flowering and management of the canopies in the growing part of the season, to the ripening of the bunches after veraison, we monitor the vines for disease and insects, count the flowers and bunches, calculate the yield to ensure that we are not over cropped and test the ripening berries for sugar and acid levels to be sure that when the harvest begins the winemaker will be presented with the opportunity to produce a wine that is greater than the sum of all the parts that go up to making the whole.
All efforts are made in the vineyard to ensure that each individual parcel meets the requirements of the winemakers with regard to the individual styles that we are making.