William Murdoch Wines

In the heart of the Gimblett Gravels you will find the certified organic vineyard and winery of William Murdoch.

The picturesque 13.15 hectare vineyard consists of Cabernet Sauvignon Franc, Merlot, Malbec and Syrah.

At William Murdoch Wines the philosophy is simple; to produce beautiful, handcrafted wines of distinction that reflect terroir. This achieved by using organic practises to achieve balance and harmony in the vineyard which in return gives us vibrant, intense and beautifully balanced fruit.

The fruit is hand-picked and de-stemmed without crushing into 1-3T open top fermenters. The wines are then put through an indigenous ferment, further intensifying their distinct vineyard character. Extensive post ferment maceration takes place before being gently pressed off through traditional basket press and filled to French oak barriques and puncheons. Nothing but a little sulphur is added to the wines during their life.

William Murdoch Wines – boutique, organic and very much hand made.

Our Vineyard

Located in the middle of the famous Gimblett Gravels wine district in Hawkes Bay New Zealand, our vineyard is currently planted with Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Malbec, Cabernet Franc and Syrah. The William Murdoch vineyards are unique in Hawke’s Bay because of our philosophy of using only organic grape growing and winemaking methods. Our organic methods give the vines a naturally spacious and de-vigourated canopy, with small, thick skinned intense berries and bunches. They also allow the vines to build a natural defence to disease which decreases the need for disease intervention.

The micro-climate here on the Gimblett Gravels is one of long hot summer days and cool nights providing a beautiful ripening climate for the grapes. The heat during the day creates an intense ripening of flavours while the cool nights allow us to retain a natural, juicy acidity in our wines. It is the intense flavour and juicy acidity that make William Murdoch wines perfect food matches.

Here at William Murdoch our goal is simple:

To produce beautiful, hand-crafted organic wines of character and distinction that reflect the unique terroir of our Gimblett Gravels vineyards

By utilising certified organic methods, the vineyard is alive with activity, with flora and fauna thriving in the natural environment that is a direct result of William Murdoch’s unique philosophy:

NO insecticides
NO herbicides
NO pesticides
NO systemic chemicals
NO non-organic chemicals

Our methods mean the vineyard is not only organic, but what we like to call ‘natural’. Our natural philosophy is central to our winemaking methods too.

119 Gimblett Rd
Hawkes Bay

P: +64 6 879 4333