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"Richmond Plains Sauvignon Blanc is consistently attractive, weighty, full-flavoured, ripely herbaceous and zingy"

"Reserve Pinot Noir is full of charm with fresh, smooth cherry - plum flavours." - Michael Cooper, Wine Atlas of New Zealand.

Richmond Plains Nelson Sauvignon Blanc


Richmond Plains Nelson Sauvignon Blanc 2014

Richmond Plains produced New Zealand’s first organic/biodynamic certified Sauvignon Blanc. Its most recent release is aromatic with succulent melon fruit overland with notes of blackcurrant leaf and herb around a spine of citrus.

- Jo Burzynska, Viva, 22/04/2015

It's intensely aromatic on the nose showing ripe citrus, peach and feijoa aromas with a touch of lime zest. The palate is juicy, vibrant and full of attractive flavours, finishing long and refreshing. A real crowd-pleaser. «««« ½Stars - Sam Kim, Wine Orbit

Bright straw-yellow colour with light lemon-green hues on rim. The nose is fresh and youthfully elegant with cooler spectrum aromas of gooseberries, grass and nettles, along with some white floral lift and suggestions of chalky minerals.  This has good depth and intensity.  Dry to taste and medium-bodied, the fruit is tightly bound with a core of grassy, gooseberry fruit, nettle and lantana flavours.  The palate features a fine-textured line with a little rich, unctuousness balanced by fine acid cut.  The phenolics emerge to carry through to a soft, dry, thirst-quenching finish.  This is a tight dry Sauvignon Blanc with gooseberry and grassy flavours and a fine-textured palate.  Serve with seafood, salads and vegetables over the next 2 years.

«««« Raymond Chan

Richmond Plains Nelson Sauvignon Blanc 2013

It's fresh and vibrant on the nose displaying grapefruit, white peach, floral and herbaceous characters.The palate is juicy and tasty with excellent fruit intensity. Mouth-watering and very appealing.«««« ½Stars

- Sam Kim, Wine Orbit

The 2013 is fresh and crisp, with punchy melon, passionfruit and lime flavours, showing excellent vigour and depth. «««« Stars

- Michael Cooper


Richmond Plains Nelson Sauvignon Blanc 2012

This is packed with ripe fruit flavours - passion fruit, feijoa, lime - together with the classic green capsicum notes. The palate is concentrated and vibrant with excellent intensity, finishing long and succulent. At its best: now to 2015. ««««« Stars

- Sam Kim, Wine Orbit Oct 2012

Full-bodied and dry with sweet-fruit characters and fresh, vibrant tropical-fruit and herbaceous flavours, racy and long. «««« Stars

- Michael Cooper

Bright, full, even, pale straw-yellow colour.  This has a soft, full nose of fruit aromatics in the cooler spectrum, showing gooseberries, nettles and fresh herbs, along with capsicums and white floral notes.  Dry to taste and medium-bodied, cool fruit flavours of gooseberries, herbs and minerals are expressed with restraint, alongside lacy acidity.  The mouthfeel is smooth and harmonious, but fresh with good brightness and energy.  A little alcohol drive is noticeable, leading to a subtly flavoured, long finish with herbal and nettle-like nuances.  This is a fine, smooth, cool-spectrum Sauvignon Blanc that will develop more flavour richness over the next 2 years.  Match with salads and vegetables.«««« Stars

- Raymond Chan, Oct 2012


It has crisp, bright flavours bursting with gooseberry flavours and a hint of white pepper. A small portion was fermented on old oak puncheos (big barrels) and this has added a super textural element to the crisp acidity and fruit intensity.

- Neil Hodgson, Nelson Mail 28 Sept 2012


Over the last few vintages Richmond Plains has cut its own, dry, grassy, zesty path with Sauvignon Blanc. The 2011 was full of verve and tenacity; the 2012 is equally lively and minerally. I can think no better drink to have with an asparagus and blue cheese tart, or fresh fish prepared simply.

- John Saker, Sunday, 21 Oct 2012

Richmond Plains Nelson Sauvignon Blanc 2011

Trophy Best Sauvignon Blanc at Sydney International Wine Competition.

Gold and Top 100 award at Sydney International Wine Competition

Blue-Gold for excellence in matching with food at Sydney International Wine Competition

This certified organic and biodynamic sauvignon blanc comes from the winery that has led the way in going green. A ripe and nicely weighted wine, it is a typically zesty, brightly aromatic expression, with a lifted apricot note and tenacious length.**** Stars, Cuisine Magazine

Bright pale straw-yellow colour with some depth.  The nose is very tight and restrained with gooseberry and fresh herb aromas alongside smoky flint and mineral elements.  Dry to taste, this is finely proportioned with lush, juicy gooseberry fruit flavours that subtly build and become mouthfilling.  The brightness of the fruit is enhanced by slippery acidity.  Passionfruit, herb and mineral notes unfold and carry through to a medium length finish.  Single vineyard wine from 19 y.o. vines picked on Flower days on the biodynamic calendar.  A gently luscious and elegant wine to match shellfish and mild Asian cuisine over the next 2 years.

**** Stars, Raymond Chan

Richmond Plains Nelson Sauvignon Blanc 2010

Gold Medal - Hong Kong International Wine Challenge 2011

It's gently fragrant on the nose displaying capsicum, lime zest and passionfruit characters with a touch of herbaceous notes. The palate is vibrant and intensely flavoured with refreshing acidity and a lengthy crisp finish. A delicate style Sauvignon showing lovely balance and appeal. 86 pts **** ½Stars - Sam Kim, Wine Orbit

**** Stars

- Michael Cooper, Winestate

Mellow, grassy wine with weight and body. Subtle flavours and a good balance between sweetness and acidity giving a bone-dry finish.

- Bob Campbell MW

Richmond Plains Nelson Sauvignon Blanc 2009

An aromatic nose displaying lime zest, green capsicum and passionfruit characters. It's juicy and nicely fruited on the palate showing good weight and crisp acidity. A nicely balanced wine with plenty of appealing flavours. **** Stars

- Sam Kim, Wine Orbit

There is no mistaking the variety with lively gooseberry-like aromas and flavours and a flinty, dry, zippy acid finish...a pleasant, enjoyable wine.

- Ivan Donaldson, The Press

Soft, ripe and easy drinking, this wine displays gooseberries and capsicum on the nose. These characteristics are joined by citrus undertones and a gentle acidity in the palate. Clean, dryish finish.

- Tizwine

This is my new favourite Sauvignon Blanc. It's delicious. First taste impressions were of a deep, fruity flavour, infused with apple and citrus, followed by the gorgeous, long lasting aftertaste of something deeper and earthier (which I later discovered to be nettle – a herb I regularly drink in tea form and just adore for its health properties). Aside from the impressive taste of this wine, the story of this vineyard also won my heart.

Richmond Plains are a certified organic and biodynamic vineyard. For me it was a lovely feeling knowing that the scrumptious wine I was sipping on had been so conscientiously prepared, adhering to the 'crème de la creme' of organic wine production standards – the biodynamic process. Attaining this level of certification requires not only years of work, but also profound dedication.

Lars and Sam Jensen, along with their team, ensure that every little aspect of the production of Richmond Plains Wines is environmentally sustainable – from the paper they use in their office, to the glass bottles, to ecological balance of the vineyard. The vineyard is rich in plant, animal and insect diversity. These people don't spray, rather they let nature do the work, so no one plant or insect can dominate and natural balance continues. This style of viticulture isn't simply a business, it's a way of life. When you buy this wine (it cost just under twenty dollars at my local organic shop – which I found to be a surprisingly good price), you're not only investing in an impressive drop, but in a way of life that is quite simply doing earth a huge favour.

- Charlotte Squire, Happyzine.co.nz

Richmond Plains Nelson Sauvignon Blanc 2008

A lively, lightly creamy front of lemon, clover and gooseberry flavours, followed by a fleshy, full bodied, flavoursome mid section with a good acid balance. The long finish maintains the bright character of the wine nicely.

- David Stewart, Truewines.

Richmond Plains Nelson Sauvignon Blanc 2007

Is more floral than herbaceous, with a touch of elderflower in the aromas. Gooseberries dominate the flavours but nice crisp apple characters poke their head through the mid palate. The acidity is quite firm, but it all adds up to a clean, ripe and fresh example of Nelson sauvignon blanc.

- Neil Hodgson, Nelson Mail, Sept. 2007

Richmond Plains Sauvignon Blanc 2006

Grown organically, this is a fresh, punchy, fully dry wine with ripe passionfruit and lime flavours, showing excellent vigour and depth.

- Michael Cooper, Winestate 2007

Simply bursting with gooseberry and fresh lime flavours wrapped around a soft mineral based acidity this wine proves yet again that 2006 was a very good vintage in Nelson. At this price the wine is not only good, it is super value.

- Neil Hodgson, Nelson Mail, 3-10-06

I really liked the Richmond Plains Sauvignon Blanc 2005 from Nelson, New Zealand. Here I think you can actually detect on the tongue that it's organic: the powerfully crisp, grassy, lychee-and-gooseberry flavour seems almost to jump out of the glass and onto your palate. Wonderful with food.

- Simon Hoggart, The Spectator - Mini Bar UK

The 2004 Richmond Plains (Sauvignon) was plush with a hint of herbals and mouth watering acidity. - Ken Gargett, Courier Mail - Good Life 27/6/06, Australia

Richmond Plains Blue Moon Sauvignon Blanc

Richmond Plains Blue Moon Sauvignon Blanc 2012

An enticing fragrance that has depth and charm, but also a sense of place woven amongst the soft lemon scented fruits; barrel ferment and lees ideas, hints of hay and soft herb notes all say Sauvignon Blanc; medium+ complexity. I really like the completeness of this wine on the palate - a wonderful seamless harmony between the fruits, acid and gentle oak flavors; medium+ length with a line of minerality. A wine to consider slowly and let the textures fill the palate as much as the flavors - a very nice barrel fermented style! 


Cameron Douglas

The debut 2012 vintage is the country's first Demeter-certified biodynamic white wine. Fermented with indigenous yeasts in French oak hogsheads, it has gentle lemongrass and oak aromas, leading into a full-bodied wine with fresh, ripely herbaceous flavours, slightly nutty and biscuity, and a crisp, dry finish. Showing very good weight, depth and complexity. «««« Stars

- Michael Cooper

Brilliant lemon-hued straw-yellow colour, lighter on rim.  The bouquet is tightly concentrated and slender in proportion with penetrating aromas of spicy oak prevalent over nectarine and greengage fruit notes.  Fresh herb and mineral elements unfold.  Dry to taste and medium-bodied, this is elegant and sleek, with an intense flavour amalgam of spicy oak, gooseberries and nectarines and fresh herbs.  The flavours flow smoothly across the palate, the liveliness enhanced by brisk acidity.  Fruit sweetness is balanced by a fine textural thread which carries the flavours to a very long and sustained, dry, granular finish.  Hand-picked Sauvignon Blanc fruit on an Earth day on the biodynamic calendar, WBP and barrel-fermented to 13.0% alc. and 3 g/L, and aged 10 months in 300 L French hogsheads, 15% new.  The wine underwent batonnage with approx. 40% MLF.  «««« Raymond Chan.

Richmond Plains Nelson Pinot Gris

Richmond Plains Nelson Pinot Gris 2014

««««½, 90pts - Sam Kim, Wine Orbit

Silver Medal - Royal Easter Wine Show 2015


Richmond Plains Nelson Pinot Gris 2013 

A generous pinot gris, the elegantly fragrant bouquet shows apricot, pineapple, pear and floral characters, leading to a succulent palate that's richly flavoured and beautifully textured. Lovely fruit purity and intensity. At its best: now to 2017. Certified organic. May 2014. ««««½ 90pts Wine Orbit.

Richmond Plains Nelson Pinot Gris 2012

What a charmer. The bouquet is filled with tropical fruit, peach, pear and floral aromas, leading to a concentrated palate that's richly flavoured and richly textured with a touch of sweetness. It's great to see a pinot gris full of character and tasty flavours. ««««« Stars   - Sam Kim, Wine Orbit

Winemaker Steve Gill has worked something magnificent here. I prefer to avoid NZ Pinot Gris if given the choice but here we have a departure away from the often liked-by-the-public off dry inoffensive watery Pinot Gris without going too far in the other direction either. Instead he has put together a chewy, towards dry, well fruited drink. True to the nose, which is pear, the taste is similarly of pear and yes, baked apple with ginger, spice (and all things twice).

-John Igle, Express New Zealand, 11 Sept 2013


Richmond Plains Nelson Pinot Gris 2011

Here is a Pinot Gris with an absolute display of pear that doesn’t want to be everything to everyone. Instead it has a focus, in fact a real intensity, of one-dimensional flavour.

Add into the mix a little ginger and you have a compelling wine.

It’s medium to dry and slippery in texture yet still crisp and refreshing.

There’s plenty of depth that remains tasteful long after the finish.

- John Ingle

A nicely fruited and appealing pinot gris, the bouquet shows peach, citrus and pear characters. It's ripe and smooth on the palate with lovely fruit intensity, finishing long and succulent. Very easy on the palate. At its best: now to 2014. «««« Stars  

- Sam Kim, Wine Orbit, Oct 2012


Flavours of white stonefruits, savoury honey and minerals on a weighty palate.  There is some warmth and richness adding to the presence, but this is balanced by good acidity.  The finish is soft and gentle.  A weighty wine with savoury and flinty notes to drink with antipasto. - Raymond Chan

A nicely fruited Pinot Gris with gentle aromas of apple, peach and pear. The palate is ripe and rounded with a hint of sweetness and balanced acidity. It’s a youthful and relatively restrained at this stage, making it a nice aperitif. At its best 2012 to 2015.

- Sam Kim, Wine Orbit Nov 2011


Richmond Plains Nelson Pinot Gris 2010

Silver Medal - New Zealand International Wine Show 2010

Pure Bronze Medal - Air New Zealand Wine Awards 2010

**** Stars

- Michael Cooper, Winestate

It's youthful and beautifully fragrant on the nose displaying ripe pear, apple and floral characters. The palate is succulent and rounded with subtle sweetness and rich texture. The bright acidity provides a lovely refreshing mouthfeel and a pleasant dry finish. A pristine and very attractive wine showing immediate appeal as well as potential to develop greater richness. 90 Points **** ½ Stars

- Sam Kim, Wine Orbit

Impressively concentrated Pinot Gris with a silken texture that's assisted by some sweetness and a high alcohol. Seductive wine with a very lengthy finish. Classic pear and lanolin with a suggestion of spiciness.**** Stars

- Bob Campbell MW

Soft, pale straw-yellow colour, this has a light, fresh and tight bouquet of aromatic stonefruits, pears and minerals.  Medium-dry to taste, this has flavours of luscious, just-ripened nectarines and greengage with pear notes.  The wine is gentle and light through the palate, with restrained acidity, and the residual sugar gives an unctuous texture, carrying the pear and stonefruit nuances on the finish,  Drink over the next 2+ years with Asian cuisine.  Made from fruit undergoing conversion to organic certification, and cool-fermented to 14.5% alc., with 6.9 g/L rs.  Suitable for vegans.  17.5+/20  Mar 2011 **** Stars

- Raymond Chan

The wine has a delicate, attractive aroma of apple shortcake with hints of spice followed by a rich and soft palate and a lingering sweetness wrapped up in an alcoholic warmth. It was pleasant drinking but I would have liked a little more acidity and less sweetness.

- Kent Slocombe, The Press 03-03-2011


Richmond Plains Nelson Riesling

Richmond Plains Nelson Riesling 2012

A savoury, almost mealy style about this Nelson Riesling. It offers some assertive acidity that underpins nicely struck citrus fruits. Good balance: acidity holds the finish nicely. Drink now.

91 points, James Suckling.com 2014

The wine shows gorgeous lifted aromas of lemon/lime, white peach and floral with a hint of flinty notes. It's juicy and lively on the palate with whispering sweetness and bright acidity, and finishes superbly long and refreshing. It's just starting to show appealing toasty complexity. At its best: now to 2020. Certified organic. May 2014. ««««« 5 Stars, 93 points – Sam Kim, Wine Orbit.

Certified organic, this stylish, youthful wine offers fine value. Bright, light lemon/green, it is an off -dry style with strong, lively lemon/lime flavours, finely balanced, appetisingly crisp and lingering «««« Michael Cooper Listener 21 December 2013

Youthful and perfumed, the gorgeous bouquet shows mandarin, white peach and floral characters. It's ripe and beautifully weighted on the palate with a juicy mouthfeel and bright acidity, leading to a lovely refreshing finish. An immensely appealing off-dry riesling. ««««½ Stars 90 pts Wine Orbit


Richmond Plains Nelson Riesling 2011

«««« Cuisine Magazine

This dry style Riesling is beautifully balanced, with the ripe fruit sweetness of lime and lemon held in check by natural acidity. A little hint of orange completes the aromatics with a lovely thick texture that is till refreshing and easy to drink. I cannot understand why good Riesling like this do not knock some of the other varietals off their perch.

- John Ingle 

A very promising Riesling with fragrant aromas of lemon/lime, stone fruits and floral. The palate is taut, intense and vibrant with subtle sweetness and racy acidity. The wine finishes impressively long and dry. Youthful and appealing with its delicate flavours and should evolve into a magnificent wine in time.  «««««, 93 points - Sam Kim, Wine Orbit

This has a very attractive bouquet of lime and citrus zest along with exotic florals, quite full and up-front in expression.  Dry to taste, the fruit flavours of limes and zest are a little shy, but the palate has good body and weight forming concentration and drive.  Crisp racy acidity and mineral notes are carried through to a long, soft finish, with apple and floral nuances.  «««« - Raymond Chan

Richmond Plains Riesling proves you don’t need to spend up large to drink

super - fresh, citrusy purity in an outstanding white. - Joelle Thomson, 05/01/2013


Richmond Plains Nelson Riesling 2010

The nose is delicately perfumed displaying floral, mandarin and lemon zest characters. It's finely textured on the palate with a touch of sweetness which is well balanced by the racy acidity. A tightly framed wine showing lovely poise and promise. 87 Points **** Stars

- Sam Kim, Wine Orbit

Floral aromas, hints of lime, initial sweet fruit supported by an underlying flinty backbone and a crisp but easy finish. Good Value.

- Charmian Smith

*** Stars

- Michael Cooper, Winestate

There’s great warm fuzzy forces at work here before even opening a bottle of this wine. Produced on a small family-owned vineyard, as a consumer there’s a satisfaction in flipping the bird to the big wine corporates. Secondly, it’s crafted from certified organic and biodynamic grapes grown in balance with the local environment – yeehaa! Sermon over. The wine is fresh and alive for summer with lots of limeand lemon zest, and a touch of sweetness. A crisp picnic companion.

- Kirk Hargreaves, The Press, January 2011


Richmond Plains Nelson Riesling 2009

Impressive in its infancy, the 2009 vintage (**** Stars) is fresh and vibrant, with good intensity of lemony, limey flavour, slightly sweet (8 grams/litre of residual sugar) and crisp. It's a very harmonious wine, likely to age well.

- Michael Cooper's Buyers Guide to NZ Wines

Very impressive.  This is the first riesling produced by Richmond Plains. Its great.  It has lovely off dry and citrus flavours. Like a good riesling you get cutting that acidity but not at the expense of flavour.  Its lively and has a very refreshing finish.

- John Hawkesby, Radio NZ.

A youthful wine with a lovely perfumed bouquet displaying lemon/lime, floral and a touch of candied apple notes. The palate is intensely flavoured showing gentle sweetness and lush mouthfeel with the bright acidity providing excellent balance and harmony. The wine finishes long and delicious. 93 Points ***** Stars

- Sam Kim, Wine Orbit

With delicious orange and citrus marmalade flavours with a touch of ripe, tropical fruits this off-dry wine is bright and cheerful, with zingy acidity. It is lovely drinking now, but a bit of bottle age would be well worthwhile.

- Graham Stringer          

The first produced by this certified organic winery which handpicked all their grapes.  Honeysuckle and citrus/lime characters on the nose, with some underlying mineral notes.  The citrus characters follow through onto the palate with rich lime and citrus fruit flavours.  Balanced vibrant, and with a lot of personality.

- Kirsten Rodsgaard-Mathiesen


Richmond Plains Nelson Blanc de Noir

Richmond Plains Blanc de Noir 2014

This is an attractive white wine, with a shade of pink, made from hand-picked pinot noir. The wine offers excellent freshness and juicy flavours of peach and citrus with lovely floral lift on the nose. It's flavoursome and lingering, and smooth to the finish. 90 pts «««« ½ Stars Wine Orbit

Made from Pinot Noir grapes grown in Nelson is the most beautiful pale pink hue. The subtle red berry taste is crisp and dry and the finish is bright and zingy, yet there is an exquisite threat of fruit sweetness running through.

- Sue Courtney, Urban and Country, Feb 2015

Richmond Plains Blanc de Noir 2013

This is always a delightful drink, and this latest offering is another beauty, displaying elegant aromas of stone fruit, citrus and floral. The palate is juicy and lively with nicely pitched acidity, leading to a lingering crisp finish. Very smooth and rounded, and immediately appealing. Made from hand-picked pinot noir grapes. At its best: now to 2016. Nov 2013. 90 pts «««« ½ Stars Wine Orbit

Their Blanc de. Noir is a spring sensation produced entirely from 100 per cent hand picked pilot noir with a blush of rose gold colour. It oozes aromas of white flowers, pollen, pear and stone fruit. «««« 4 Stars Yvonne Lorkin.

Richmond Plains Blanc de Noir 2012

Fresh stonefruit aromas with subtle hints of red berry fruit, watermelon and flinty lees.  Off-dry to taste, bright but delicate flavours of red florals and soft red berry fruits are presented with a degree of sweetness and succulence.  The mouthfeel suggest unctuousness, but is balanced and cut by crisp and racy acidity.  ««««

- Raymond Chan

Richmond Plains produced New Zealand's first organic and biodynamic sauvignon blanc and then pinot noir. Their Richmond Plains Nelson Blanc de Noir 2012 is a spring sensation produced entirely from 100 per cent hand-picked pinot noir with a blush of rose gold colour. It oozes aromas of white flowers, pollen, pear and stonefruit. In the mouth it bursts with ripe nectarine and intense citrus concentration - a new and very nice take on noir. ««««

- Yvonne Lorkin.

A white wine made from hand-picked pinot noir grapes, this is a real charmer displaying fragrant aromas of peach, mango, citrus and floral. The palate is ripe and rounded with excellent weight and texture. It's generously flavoured and highly enjoyable.  ««««½  - Sam Kim, Wine Orbit 


Richmond Plains Blanc de Noir 2011

100% Pinot Noir from the Certified Organic and Biodynamic ‘Richmond Plains’ vineyard hand-picked on Flower days on the biodynamic calendar.  This has an aromatic, lifted nose with delicate strawberry notes along with subtle yellow stonefruit notes.  Off-dry to taste, this is a bright and lively wine with restrained strawberry and peach fruit flavours that grow in intensity and substance in the glass.  A light textural thread provides a little grip, structure and body, and fresh acidity enhances the sweetness of the fruit to match the mouthfeel.  «««« - Raymond Chan

A slight pink tinge indicates the source of the grapes, Pinot Noir. The bouquet is ripe and gently perfumed with floral, red cherry and peach notes. It's generously flavoured on the palate with good fruit intensity and a mouth-watering finish. A highly enjoyable white wine with lovely vibrancy.  «««« - Sam Kim, Wine Orbit

This off dry white wine made entirely from Pinot Noir grapes has immediate taste appeal. Its golden colour also carries a strawberry whiff on the nose with a taste akin to peaches and sweet apricot – very refreshing despite all these fruity overtones. It’s a pretty unique wine in New Zealand, with only a couple of other wineries making a white from Pinot Noir grapes.

- John Ingle

This would be perfect for blind tasting your wine-snob friends. It’s a white wine - nearly – and made from pinot noir grapes. I say “nearly” as there’s a faint pinkish tinge to the wine in my glass. The tart taste actually is a little of a lot of things including raspberry, limes, green nectarine, and really is worth trying.

- Ewan Sargent, The Press 17 Oct 2012


Richmond Plains Blanc de Noir 2010

Silver Medal - Hong Kong International Wine Challenge 2011

A lovely white wine (just a touch of pink) made from hand-picked Pinot Noir, displaying floral, red cherry and strawberry characters on the nose. The palate is rounded and supple with a hint of sweetness and well balanced acidity. The wine is beautifully weighted and textured with an excellent persistence. 87 pts **** Stars

- Sam Kim, Wine Orbit

Blanc de Noir, literally meaning “white from black”, usually refers to a Champagne made from the juice obtained by pressing pinot noir grapes before they are fermented. It thus only has a hint of colour. This Nelson wine, made in the same way, but without bubbles, is shot with a tinge of apricot. It is fruity and has a spine of firm, tangy acid, which is well balanced by its medium sweetness. It is a pleasant, easy drinking summer style of wine.

- Ivan Donaldson, The Press 27 April 2011

Richmond Plains is an organic and biodynamic producer who may have flown under the radar but are making sharp wines at really reasonable prices. One of my favourites from their range is the Blanc de Noir. Never heard of this? Don’t worry - it’s not a grape variety, but a style of wine. It’s actually 100% Pinot Noir, but made as a white wine. This may sound strange, but the result is a dry, fruity delight that is versatile with food. Peach gold in colour, luscious pear, and stonefruit with a bit of spice and kaffir lime.

- Rebecca Taylor, Capital Times 25/5/11

A ‘white’ (in reality pale pink) Nelson wine made from pinot noir.  Full-bodied, with strawberryish, slightly peachy and spicy flavours, slightly sweet, fresh and smooth.

- Michael Cooper, Winestate

Pale pink wine - quite pretty. Delicate strawberry flavours with good purity. An initial hint of sweetness leads to a drying finish. Distinctive and reasonably attractive.

- Bob Campbell MW


Richmond Plains Blanc de Noir 2009

*** Stars

- Michael Cooper, Winestate

You can count on the fingers of one hand the number of Blanc de Noir made in NZ. However, we found this a very worthy wine with its elegant fruit, rich, generous acidity and velvety texture. The finish lingers lightly but persistently on the palate. Well worth its money, everyone should try this style of wine once at least. **** Stars, Best Buy.

- Tiz Wine

Made from Pinot Noir, this white wine displays a hint of pale salmon tinge, fresh aromas of floral, red cherry and orange zest. It's gently fruity on the palate with a touch of sweetness, rounded texture and well balanced acidity. A lovely refreshing wine.  86 Points **** Stars

- Sam Kim, Wine Orbit

Richmond Plains Blanc de Noir 2008

A very pale, gold tinted shade of rose.  Strawberries, nougat, mandarin and caramel cremes on display on an intriguingly subtle nose.  A tasty, aperitif style wine of good complexity, with lively initial splashes of mandrin, cherry, strawberry and cream.

- David Stewart, Truewines

Recommended, Cuisine Magazine


Richmond Plains Nelson Blanc de Noir 2007

The colour of this is a delightful champagne pink.  Soft creamy flavours of pear and quince are delightfully balanced with some nice fresh acidity.  This is a perfect lunch time wine.

- Neil Hodgson, Nelson Mail, September 2007

Don't be fooled by the colour of this lovely Nelson wine which is made from pinot noir . It's rich and rounded, but still refreshing and clean & awash with juicy red berries.

- Warren Barton

Richmond Plains Blanc de Noir 2006

It has the merest pink blush of colour, soft creamy peach aromas and wonderful flavours that evolve seamlessly from one flavour to the next as you drink it. The medium palate weight has flavours of baked pear (a bit like pinot gris) with layers of peach. The viscous texture then leads you in to a finish that is satisfyingly dry with exotic tropical fruit flavours. Sit and enjoy the experience and the long lingering finish evolves yet again but this time into soft lime flavours. This juicy wine is only available at the cellar door and is made in limited quantities so be quick and do what I did - buy a few bottles for summer drinking."

- Neil Hodgson, Nelson Mail, 3-10-06

Pinky Noir - This style of wine is made by pressing pinot noir grapes before fermentation so that only the lightly coloured juice is fermented, most of the dark pigment remaining in the skin. This pinkish-tinged wine could be confused with pinot gris, which is a colour-reduced mutant of pinot noir. It shows good concentration of nectarine and peach-like fruit, with a medium-sweet finish covering an underlying firmness. It is an enjoyable and creditable alternative to pinot gris.

- Ivan Donaldson, The Press, 8-3-07

I don't get to try much of this type of wine - it's a white wine made entirely from red grapes. In this case it's 100% pinot noir from a 100% organic vineyard. It's got the tiniest touch of pink to its colour and is loaded with ripe fruit and heady, strudel-type characters along with some solid acid and a mellow, mealy finish. This wine went really well with the afternoon platter of preserved figs, blue cheese and smoked meats I had yesterday.

- Yvonne Lorkin, wine writer

Faintly pink, gently sweet wine with strong, strawberryish, slightly peachy and spicy flavours, balanced for easy, summer drinking. Grown organically. - Michael Cooper, Winestate 2007

Richmond Plains Nelson Chardonnay

Richmond Plains 2013 Chardonnay

A beautifully restrained chardonnay displaying white peach, grapefruit, almond and flint on the nose. The palate is focused and linear, brilliantly structured by bright acidity. It's elegant and poised, and promises to develop gradually. 90 pts Sam Kim ««««½ Stars.

Richmond Plains 2011 Chardonnay

Gold Medal - Bragato 2012 Wine Awards

Bright straw-yellow colour with green-golden hues, pale on rim.  The bouquet is soft and full with an aromatic amalgam with up-front citrusy fruit interwoven with mealy, biscuitty, nutty notes and oak nuances.  Medium-full bodied, tightly concentrated and intense flavours of steely citrus fruits and yellow plums are enlivened by zesty acidity.  The oaking is very sensitive and in the background with spiced nutty elements.  The depth of fruit provides a good core and is driven with slightly drying, phenolic textures that lead to a very long and sustained finish with crisp acidity and spicy oak elements.  This is an elegantly concentrated Chardonnay with citrusy fruit focus, lively acidity and a dry textural line.  Serve with seafood and poultry over the next 4+ years.  «««« - Raymond Chan, Oct 2012

It’s restrained on the nose displaying subtle aromas of citrus, ripe apple and stone fruit. The palate is lively and juicy with creamy texture and a lingering crisp finish.

At its best now to 2014. «««½ - Sam Kim, Wine Orbit July 2012


Richmond Plains 2009 Chardonnay

Gold Medal - Hong Kong International Wine Challenge 2011

This is a little beauty. The nose is fragrant and beautifully ripe displaying stonefruit, pineapple and a hint of nutty characters. It's juicy and lush on the palate with a lovely rounded mouthfeel and refreshing acidity leading to a lingering crisp finish.

Very easy on the palate showing plenty of tasty flavours. **** ½ Stars, 89 pts

- Sam Kim, Wine Orbit

Crisp and youthful, in a fruit-driven style with satisfying depth of fresh, dry, citrusy, appley flavours. - Michael Cooper, Winestate


Richmond Plains 2008 Chardonnay

"-A gently aromatic on the nose showing sweet citrus, peach and subtle creamy notes.  It’s lively on the palate with luscious mouthfeel, balanced acidity and a pleasant lingering finish.  An elegant and fruity Chardonnay with a tasty mouthfeel. - Wine Orbit


Richmond Plains 2007 Chardonnay   

A quite lovely, inviting nose of stonefruit and freshly baked pastry.  Absolutely bursting at the seams with fresh, succulent fruit, chiefly peaches, nectarine, loquats and a hint of grapefruit. A nice minerality presents itself towards the finish. Tasty, uncomplicated, and very drinkable.

- David Stewart, True Wines


Richmond Plains 2006 Chardonnay

Richmond Plains were the first vineyard to be certified organic in the South Island.  This un-oaked Chardonnay shows ripe citrus, apples and herbs with a fruity palate.  The crisp acidity leaves the palate nice & dry.  A lovely aperitif style.

- Sam Kim, Wine Orbit, July 2007


Richmond Plains 2005 Chardonnay

Creamy peach aromas have a touch of soft lemon while the flavours are predominantly character and structure based rather than big and fruity. The full, easy drinking style has a flinty mineral backbone with soft peach and spice based flavours. The long elegant finish rounds out another great value fine wine from Richmond Plains. - Neil Hodgson, Nelson Mail, 3-10-06


Richmond Plains Nelson Chardonnay 2004

Very well balanced and structured wine, developing well after just a year with plenty of depth and strong, gutsy minerally fruit just starting to unfold. ****½ Stars

- Peter Saunders, Winestate


Richmond Plains 'Monarch' Rose


          Richmond Plains Monarch Rose 2014 

This year's rendition again offers plenty of attractive aromas of peach, citrus and strawberry on the nose, followed by a juicy palate that's lively and fruity. A generous style, the wine is well balanced by crisp acidity. 90 pts Sam Kim ««««½ Stars

Richmond Plains Monarch Rose 2013

Lovely fragrance on the nose - floral, peach, citrus and a hint of red cherry. The palate is charming and juicy with lovely fruit intensity, backed by refreshing acidity. Lingering and very friendly.  «««« 88pts Sam Kim Wine Orbit.

Richmond Plains Monarch Rose 2012 A delightful rose, the bouquet is pristine and fragrant with floral, red cherry and subtle stone fruit notes. It's juicy and lively on the palate with excellent fruit intensity, finishing long and refreshing. Oct 2012. ««««½ 90pts Sam Kim Wine Orbit.

          Richmond Plains Monarch Rose 2011

Made from hand-picked Pinot Noir, this is lively and appealing on the nose with red cherry, floral and subtle citrus notes. The palate is juicy and pristine with an elegant fruity mouthfeel and a lingering crisp finish. Well balanced and friendly, this is a crowd pleaser.87 points **** Stars, Sam Kim, Wine Orbit


Made from organically grown handpicked Nelson pinot noir this wine is brimming with baked strawberry, raspberry and tangy rhubarb flavours. There’s a lovely earthy note to it, too, which adds appealing depth to the long, lingering finish.

Wairarapa Times-Age Weekend, 03/03/2012 

It looks like a bottle of rosé and it tastes like an exceptionally good one too but this 750ml bottle doesn’t quite feel the same; it weighs in at just 325 grams, making it New Zealand’s lightest bottle of wine yet, thanks to the environmental idealist Richmond Plains organic winery in Nelson. As for the contents, this wine tastes of red fruits like raspberry, strawberry and fresh lively red apples. Delicious for summer drinking.

Drink Biz, 01/03/2012

The contents of this super-light bottle is a super-fruity rosé, which delivers a generous mouthful of strawberries seasoned with a hint of spice.

Jo Burzynska, NZ Herald 08/02/2012

It looks like a normal bottle of wine but it weighs just over 325 grams, thanks to the environmental idealists at Richmond Plains organic winery in nelson. It tastes of fresh red fruit and has a lingering finish.

Joelle Thomson, 07/01/2012

A punchy (14 per cent alcohol) strawberried pinot rose produced by its environmental idealist makers in a new shorter, lightweight (325gm) glass bottle that, apart from all the other considerations, is perfect for the picnic basket or the chillybin.

Warren Barton, The Southland Times, 10/12/2011


Richmond Plains Monarch Rose 2010

Like their excellent Blanc de Noir, this is made from 100% Pinot Noir displaying lifted aromas of raspberry, strawberry and floral. The palate is nicely fruited and smooth with well pitched acidity providing a pleasant dry finish. It's good to see a rosé with generosity and fruit intensity without the sweetness.**** Stars

- Sam Kim, Wine Orbit

**** Stars

- Michael Cooper, Winestate

Orange/pink tint. Quite a weighty wine with good mouth feel.

 - Bob Campbell MW


Richmond Plains Monarch Rose 2007 

The pale raspberry colour and soft creamy redcurrant aromas are immediately enticing. The flavours move from cream and strawberries upfront to red peach with a twist of alcohol spice in the finish. This is a serious summer rosé and is at its best when you have it with food.

- Neil Hodgson


Richmond Plains Monarch Rose 2006

It's a serious wine with a touch of the frivolous about it. It is a light, easy to drink lunch time wine made from 100% pinot noir grapes. Pale salmon pink in colour but packed with flavours of white peach, red currents and strawberries it has a lovely creamy texture with a delicate, dry finish that means the second bottle won't be too far away.

- Neil Hodgson, Nelson Mail, 3-10-06

Summer is here and the proof is in the number of Rose wines flowing in. This is definitely one of the better ones. It has a nice bouquet of flowers, with a long palate that is refreshingly dry but does end with a slight acid twist. Pull out the picnic hamper and lie under a flowering tree, watch the bumble bees and quaff back a bottle of this wine. - Chris Donaldson, The Press, 15-2-07

Made entirely from pinot noir this rose is the colour of watermelon & dark onionskin with subtle aromas of baked strawberries and plums. On the palate it is soft and friendly and if chilled right down it's a winner with good old-fashioned, creamy prawn cocktail with lashings of avocado.

- Yvonne Lorkin, wine writer


Richmond Plains Pinot Noir

Nelson Pinot Noir 2013

An elegantly expressed pinot, the fragrant bouquet shows red cherry, floral, spice and mushroom characters. It's finely textured and beautifully balanced on the palate, leading to a pleasing dry finish. The wine combines bright fruit flavours with subtle savoury complexity. ««««½ Stars

- Sam Kim, Wine Orbit.


This has a soft, light and fragrant nose with harmoniously presented, bright-fruited dark red berry and cherry aromas, along with nuances of fresh herbs, spicy oak and raspberry liqueur that emerge in the glass.  Medium-bodied, light, fresh and lifted flavours of red cherries, raspberries and herbs are supported by moderate tannin extraction forming a good core with positive drive.  The mouthfeel is supple and juicy with good liveliness and leads to a light, sweet, cherry-nuanced finish.  This is an elegant and subtle, sweet cherry fruited Pinot Noir with a fine, fresh mouthfeel. 

«««« - Raymond Chan

A sturdy wine that carries bright red-berry and cherry flavours amid a web of fine, grainy, persistent tannins. It delivers neatly framed impact and enough charm, but more structural push than alluring, curvy seduction. Like the directness here.

90 points - James Suckling.com 2014

Nelson Pinot Noir 2012

A sturdy wine that carries bright red-berry and cherry flavours amid a web of fine, grainy, persistent tannins. It delivers neatly framed impact and enough charm, but more structural push than alluring, curvy seduction. Like the directness here. 90 points, James Suckling.com 2014

A silky pinot showing lovely fruit flavours of dark cherry and plum with subtle spice and mushroom complexity on the nose. The palate is nicely weighted and textured with polished tannins. The wine is beautifully rounded and finishes elegantly dry. At its best: now to 2017. $26.00. Certified Organic and Biodynamic. Jan 2014. 

«««« Stars, 88 Points Wine Orbit. April 2012.

It's gamey and savoury on the nose with elegant red fruit aromas, leading to a finely textured palate that's silky and flowing. The wine is well proportioned and finishes elegantly dry. At its best: now to 2016. Certified organic and biodynamic. Nov 2013. 84 pts 3.5 stars


Nelson Pinot Noir 2011

Gold Medal - NZ International Wine Show

Youthful yet complex and inviting on the nose with red/black cherry, game, spice and a hint of dried herb notes. The palate is ripe and elegantly expressed with silky texture and a lingering juicy finish. Tannins are fine and beautifully integrated. At its best now to 2016. **** Stars

- Sam Kim, Wine Orbit, Apr2012  

With an earthy, savoury palate that is neither fruit prevalent nor heavy, this pinot noir is more like silk velvet. Although young, its’ an ethereal, lighter wine and immediately palatable. Best not to cellar for more than four years to preserve its strawberry nose and spicy bouquet. An absolute steal at RRP $ 23.

- John Ingle

Moderately deep, dark ruby-red colour with purple hues on edge.  Fresh, ripe raspberry and dark cherry fruit aromas are the feature on bouquet, lifted by attractive violet-like florals and some spicy oak and liquorice nuances.  Medium-bodied, juicy dark raspberry fruit flavours intermingle with violet florals, dark herbs and spices.  The up-front fruit is enriched by some alcohol warmth and bright acidity contributes to the drive.  Moderate tannin extraction adds a firm and youthful edge and a little robustness to the mouthfeel, which leads to a juicy, pastille-flavoured finish with a grainy texture.  This is a bright and juicy, up-front, raspberry flavoured Pinot Noir with good tannin and mouthfeel.  Match with antipasto, pastas and poultry dishes over the next 4+ years. ««««  - Raymond Chan, Oct 2012


Nelson Pinot Noir 2010

Silver Medal - Hong Kong International Wine Challenge 2011

Delicately scented organic Pinot Noir with cherry and crushed strawberry flavours that linger tantalisingly. Juicy fruit-focused wine in an appealing drink-me-now style.

**** Stars, highly recommended

- Bob Campbell, Decanter  

Certificate organic, a floral supple red with cherry, plum and herb flavours, gentle tannins, and good varietal character and charm. Drink now onwards.

Michael Cooper, Winestate Australia and New Zealand wine buyer guide


A softly framed Pinot Noir displaying red cherry, plum and floral characters on the nose. It's medium-light and smooth on the palate with a refreshing mouthfeel and supple tannins for pleasant easy drinking.****½ Stars

- Sam Kim, Wine Orbit

Silver Medal - BioVino Canada 2010


Nelson Pinot Noir 2009

A softly framed Pinot Noir displaying red cherry, plum and floral characters on the nose. It's medium-light and smooth on the palate with a refreshing mouthfeel and supple tannins for pleasant easy drinking. ****½ Stars

- Sam Kim, Wine Orbit

Certified organic, this is a floral, supple red with cherry, plum and herb flavours, gentle tannins, and good varietal character and charm.- Michael Cooper


Nelson Pinot Noir 2008

Feminine in style, this wine exhibits fresh berry aromas and fruit with fine tannins and reserved oak. Light but very smooth and easy drinking.

- Tizwine

Nelson Pinot Noir 2007

Deep ruby, with good depth of cherry, spice and plum flavours and a firm finish.

- Michael Cooper, Winestate


Nelson Pinot Noir 2006

Gold Medal - Mundus Vini BioFach 2011

Grapes were hand-harvested from their McShane Road vineyard. Medium-light red in colour, the nose displays sweet cherry, plum and subtle cedar characters. It’s fruity and vibrant with crisp acidity and fine tannins. A pleasant and approachable Pinot Noir.

- Sam Kim, Wine Orbit, 2008

Dark cherry, chocolate, raspberry and herbal aromas with hints of savoury, cherry oak. On the palate red cherry, boysenberry, and blackberry flavours shine through with some earthy forest floor and spicy notes. Medium bodied, fruity Pinot Noir that is soft and easy drinking, with a lovely lingering finish.

- 90 points, Wine & Spirits

Richmond Plains Nelson Pinot Noir 2005   What a dreamy drop!! Of all the things this wine accompanied us on our virgin foray into creating a myspace page for our musical fantasies: myspace.com/lotusmusic. We clicked, we sipped - until 5am with this perfect wine as our companion. It achieves all you would ask of a New Zealand pinot, having that divine warm leatherette texture on first bite. And so it sails on, made with organic grapes which somehow add a minerally elegance - the kind of earthiness which is inherent in the very finest Atlantic salmon. They reckon it's the stony soils of their vineyard, we're just tremoring for our organic vigneron pals here in Oz who, for all their great work, may not wish for such a challenge to their progressive niche to be heralded on this website. Ah well, what can we say? We already liked New Zealand wine, so if we can have it certified organic as well, we're gonna roll over and let those kiwis scratch our collective tummies.

- Stewart Dawes, Sydneycafes.com.au, March 2007


Richmond Plains Nelson Pinot Noir 2003

Some grapey and earthy, essential essences of pinot. Our Tasters found it hard to find a pinot they loved until they sipped this smoky, ruby red wine.

- Christy Canterbury, Smith and Wollensky, New York


Richmond Plains Nelson Reserve Pinot Noir


Richmond Plains 2005 Reserve Pinot Noir

Love Potion. I fell in love with this (2005 Reserve Pinot Noir) wine and hesitated to share my good fortune - savoury smoke with a whisky finish and a nose that would put Pinocchio to shame. The wine started with tart blueberries and finished with savoury chorizos. This is a complex wine that will integrate with a little cellaring but rewards now with a bottle full of flavour.

- Tim Fraser, wine writer - The Press, 1st Feb 2007

A classic pinot nose of cranberry, cedar, tea and moist, fresh-dug soil, lead to a fresh, lively pinot with flavours of black cherry and savoury spices. Still just a puppy in terms of maturity, I believe this wine will reward another couple of years if put somewhere cool and dark - and more importantly, away from persuasive dinner party friends.

- Yvonne Lorkin, wine writer

This wine has all the great characters a well balanced pinot needs. Bursting with red cherry and berryfruit aromas and a palate that is full in weight, lovely ripe fruit flavours that are not in-your-face fruity are followed by silky tannins and a touch of acidity. The wine has a soft leathery finish. This is a great example of quality Nelson pinot and is another wine that deserves a place in your shopping basket.

- Neil Hodgson, Nelson Mail, 3-10-06

Richmond Plains Reserve Nelson Pinot Noir 2003

Deliciously ripe Pinot, very fragrant and showing floral aromatics. Youthful and promising some richness and complexity to emerge over the next 12 months and offering fine drinking for a couple of years after that.

- Peter Saunders, ***** Stars Winestate

Richmond Plains Reserve Pinot Noir 2001

Champion Pinot Noir and Champion Red of the Show. - UK Soil Association

A terrific organic wine with viscous textures, plumy mouth filling fruit and balanced structure.

- Paul White, Dominion Post, 12/10/02


Richmond Plains Admiral


Richmond Plains Admiral 2010

Very dark, near saturated black-red colour with purple hues. This has a cool, leafy, blackcurrant and dark plum fruited nose, the aromas fresh and clean. Medium-weighted, the palate shows leafy blackcurrant, mint and capsicum flavours with fresh acidity prominent. A fine, supple, tannic thread underlines the fruit and provides good texture, presence and length. A blend of organically certified Merlot, Malbec and Cabernet Franc fermented to 13.7% alc., the wine aged 11 months in French oak barrels. Serve with antipasto, pizza, pasta and herb marinated red meat dishes over the next 3-4+ years (20 Jul 2011)

- Raymond Chan

Certified organic, this deeply coloured red is a blend of merlot, malbec and cabernet franc, French oak-aged. Vibrantly fruity, it has smooth blackcurrant, plem and spice flavours, and lots of drink-young charm.

- Michael Cooper, The Listener 22/10/2011

A blend of Merlot, Malbec and Cabernet Franc, this is a smooth and easy-drinking red, displaying red plum, spice and dried herb notes on the nose. The palate is juicy and softly flavoured showing youthful fruit flavours and supple tannins.

- Sam Kim, Wine Orbit, June 2011

Richmond Plains Hawkes Bay Syrah

Richmond Plains Syrah 2012

This is elegant and tightly bound, with a core to unfold.  Light-medium bodied, the palate is slender and tightly concentrated with flavours of white and black peppery fruit, along with spice elements.  The fruit is underlined by fine-grained tannin extraction and fresh, lively, racy acidity.  This has tension and drive, and an elegance of proportion that is carried to a long, slim-lined finish.  This is an elegantly concentrated Syrah with spicy and peppery fruit, bright acidity and a fine tannin line.  «««« Raymond Chan

Richmond Plains Hawkes Bay Syrah 2010

Fully certified organic fruit from a Hawke's Bay grower, the grapes destemmed and fermented to 13.6% alc., the wine aged 11 months in French oak. Full, deep, purple-hued ruby-red colour. The nose is gentle and harmonious, showing rich, ripe blackberry, black pepper, spice and liquorice aromas lifted with some violet-like perfumes. A medium-light bodied wine, this shows plump, juicy, dark plum, boysenberry and jam flavours, the accessibility enhanced by soft acidity and low tannin extraction. The gentle textures and sweet fruitiness will make this a wine to enjoy over the next 3-5 years. Match with pizza, pasta and barbecued food.

**** Stars - Raymond Chan

Made from Certified Organic Hawkes Bay fruit.  A softer lighter wine with good dark fruit flavours, pepper and spice.

- Warren Barton Dominion Post 2011

"An elegant expression of the variety, displaying red plum, cherry and spice characters on the nose. It's juicy and well fruited on the palate with smooth texture and fine tannins, leading to a pleasant dry finish."

- Sam Kim, Wine Orbit, June 2011


Richmond Plains Nelson Aries 2008


The first New Zealand wine made from certified biodynamic grapes, the 2008 vintage (**** Stars) was grown in the same vineyard that produced the country's first certified organic Sauvignon Blanc and Pinot Noir. A late harvest Pinot Noir, hand-picked on 1 June, 'as the moon moved through the constellation of Aries', it is very rare – only 300 bottles were produced. Delicious now, it is sweet and smooth, with plum and strawberry flavours, showing excellent harmony and depth.                      - Michael Cooper's Buyers Guide to NZ Wines