IN JUST 7 VINTAGES            


“Sometimes, the hardest thing to do is nothing.”  Simon Barker.   We make wine we feel is honest and representative rather than a copy of something from somewhere else. Wine that reflects the true character of the Blind River terroir...

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“Muritai”, meaning “Sea Breeze” in Maori, nestles between the bluffs of Blind River half a mile from the sea in the cooler Awatere Valley. There are recognized differences between the wines of the Awatere and Wairau valleys. Awatere wines are...

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We are certified under Sustainable Wine Growing New Zealand which means that the vineyard, winery and bottling are all certified sustainable. If a New Zealand wine doesn’t state that the wine’s sustainable, then either they don’t care enough, or it...

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When to pick?

When to pick is a winemaking decision at Barker’s Marque. Bigger companies would pick the whole of Muritai, our vineyard, in one day. We pick on 4 or 5 days and 15+ parcels. Because we are trying to do something...

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2015 Vintage

Lower yields and warm, dry weather led to an early harvest and the very best quality. The season leading up to the 2015 harvest was unusual. Cool, wet weather at flowering naturally reduced crops, so we didn’t need to manage...

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2014 Vintage

Expectations of a crazy early season were fueled by the earliest flowering for five years, but 2014’s heavier yields delaying ripening. Our total focus on managing yields to maintain quality led to us dropping the equivalent of over 100T of...

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