Hip Little Sister Amber



Sometimes old is the new new.

With Amber we are drawing on some of the very oldest wine making techniques – a wine made from white grapes, fermented on skins like you would for a red, left to macerate for the winter, then pressed the following spring. No fining, no filtering. The result is a complex and textured wine, naturally cloudy, with body, and plenty of soul.

Colour: Cloudy amber.

Bouquet: Watermelon and mandarin zest.

Palate: Floral, white peach, apple, honey, resinous herbs, and a nutty tartness. Medium body and smooth tannins.

Food Match: Think of it like a red – try with roast lamb with rosemary.

Cellaring: Drink now, or cellar up to 3 years.

Viticulturists and winemakers: Katherine Jacobs and Jeremy Corban.


100% Chardonnay.


Gladstone, Wairarapa.

Harvest date:

9 April 2021.

Brix at harvest:

24 brix.


50% whole bunch pressed juice, 50% destemmed and crushed fruit.


Wild ferment over 4 weeks.


180 days on skins, then pressed and settled. No filtering, no fining.

Wine analysis at bottling:

alc – 13%
free SO2 – zero

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Hands-on, and only as big as we can with us being involved at every step.