New distribution partners, new medals, new releases...
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New distribution partners

We are super pleased to welcome our new distribution partners to the Tinpot Hut family:
USA importer & distributor - Oakland, California
Distributor - Concord, North Carolina, USA
Distributor - Fort Worth, Texas, USA
Distributor - Boylston, Massachusetts, USA
Distributor - NSW/ACT, Australia
Distributor - Romania
Distributor - Rarotonga, Cook Islands

Recent earthquake

The earthquake that rocked the middle of New Zealand on 14 November, followed by a record rainfall the next day and subsequent aftershock earthquakes have had a big impact on Marlborough, particularly for those in Kaikoura, Seddon and Ward, and on road transportation with the diverting of State Highway 1 through the middle of the South Island.

We are very relieved and fortunate to say our staff and growers are all safe and well, and their homes and businesses largely undamaged. We have had some negligible bottle and stock losses, but it's business as usual at Tinpot Hut.

Our thoughts go out to those affected and we are supporting where we can.

Current vintage

A warm dry winter has flowed into a cool damp spring at the Home Block vineyard. A frost in late October looks likely to result in slightly reduced yields for the Chardonnay and Pinot Noir varietals off the Home Block, but other than that it is business as usual as we head into the flowering season. The Pinot Noir, Chardonnay and Pinot Gris are all flowering and the Sauvignon is expected to flower next week.

We are currently working through remedial work on post and end assemblies after the earthquake popped a few out of the earth, however there has been no significant damage to vines or irrigation works.

In the winery

We are full steam ahead in the winery having bottled our 2016 Grüner Veltliner and Rosé, and the first of our Pinot Gris and Sauvignon Blanc. We will be bottling more of these stunning wines in the New Year. We are currently assessing our Pinot Noir parcels for blending in January and bottling is scheduled for March. Our Chardonnay is out of barrel and is quietly sitting and stabilising for bottling in the New Year.

Latest awards hot off the press

Air New Zealand Wine Awards 2016

We were thrilled when our 2016 Tinpot Hut Marlborough Pinot Gris won Elite Gold at the recent Air New Zealand Wine Awards in November.  Only one of 4 Elite Gold Medals awarded in the Pinot Gris category this wine is off to a fantastic start standing out amongst some of New Zealand’s best in the country’s most prestigious wine awards.

Our 2016 Tinpot Hut Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc and 2016 Tinpot Hut Marlborough Rosé were also awarded Pure Silver Medals.  Not a bad start for our new vintage wines!

Sydney International Wine Competition 2017

News in November was that we received three… yes, three Blue Gold Medals at the 2017 Sydney International Wine Competition! Our 2016 Tinpot Hut Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc, 2014 Tinpot Hut Marlborough Pinot Noir and 2013 Tinpot Hut Hawkes Bay Syrah have all walked away with Blue Golds. We knew they deserved it, but we're super excited that they've also been recognised internationally at this competition.

Rapt with the prestigious Blue Gold Medal for the new vintage 2016 Sauvignon Blanc, the Blue Gold Medals for the 2014 Pinot Noir and 2013 Syrah continue the list of accolades for these wines.  The 2014 Pinot Noir has now been awarded not 1, or 2, or 3, or 4 Gold Medals but an impressive FIVE Gold Medals, while the Blue Gold from the Syrah backs up the Gold Medal awarded in at the San Francisco International Wine Competition in July 2015.  


New and current releases

2016 Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc

A signature blackcurrant, lemongrass & fresh thyme flavours with a distinctive mineral palate.

2016 Marlborough Pinot Gris


A dry style wine with fresh pear, white peach and spice notes.

2013 Hawkes Bay Syrah


Our Syrah exhibits black pepper and floral notes. Firm acidity culminating in a warm ripe finish.


2016 Marlborough Rosé


A blend of Marlborough Pinot Gris and Pinot Noir grapes, our Rosé is a crisp, vibrant wine with flavours of strawberry, stonefruit and a touch of spice ending in a long refreshing finish. 

2015 Grüner Veltliner


"...engaging aromas of white stone fruit, orange zest, hay and floral lead to a beautifully ripe and finely textured palate.  The wine is wonderfully weighted and rounded, and delivers elegant fruit intensity backed by bright acidity... Textural and delightfully drinking." Wine Orbit, May 2016

2015 Marlborough Riesling

- 4.5 STARS & 90 POINTS

With a naturally lower alcohol level of 10%, our Riesling is pale straw-coloured wine displaying flavours of mineral and lime with a balanced finish.



2015 Marlborough Pinot Noir

An attractive ruby red with purple hue, classic black cherry notes dominate the palate and are supported by hints of bramble, reflecting the aromatics.

Hope your sales are high and your stress levels low as you head towards the fun and festive season.

Drop us a line anytime, we'd love to hear from you.



Fiona & the Tinpot Hut team

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