Mount Fishtail Wines
High above the plains of Marlborough, New Zealand’s premium wine growing region for Sauvignon Blanc, one can see Mount Fishtail’s peak standing as a sentinel looking over the many quality vineyards in our area. We decided that this double peaked mountain was an inspiring omen and named our vineyard in Foxes Island, Wairau Valley after it.
Each day, we enjoy a splendid view of Mount Fishtail from our family home and second vineyard site in the Waihopai Valley. And each year, both of these vineyards produce the characteristic Sauvignon Blanc and Pinot Noir grapes which make our delightful, classic Mount Fishtail range of wines.
Mount Fishtail vineyard is fully owned by the Hengstler family, Konrad, Sigrun and their two sons, Conrad and Carlo.
The Hengstlers originally migrated from Germany to Melbourne in Australia, where they settled for a period of over 20 years. While travelling through New Zealand, Konrad discovered Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc and was immediately attracted to this outstanding wine. From that point, the decision to move to Marlborough and become involved in the wine industry was an easy one.
The family planted their first vines in 1996 and produce a range of wines from their two vineyards in the Wairau and Waihopai Valleys, totalling 40 hectares. Every year, after fermentation, wines from the two distinctly different sites are used for the blend of Mount Fishtail Sauvignon Blanc and Pinot Noir, giving the family the opportunity to maintain the same high quality and consistent flavours year after year.
Quality is the absolute focus of Konrad and it starts in the vineyard where no corners are cut, and continues in the winery where ‘handcrafting’ is the applied standard. Being a family-run business, control over quality is truly ‘hands on’. Konrad’s philosophy is ’the best fertilizer is the foot of the farmer’. Through every day personal involvement, a focus on quality, and a commitment to reasonable pricing, the result is simple…value for money for the customer.
“I sincerely hope you will gain as much pleasure from our wine as we have had creating them”.