Please take note of the recently posted shipping rates on our SHIPPING page.
Some rates have increased for some countries and decreased for others, so please check it out.
Surcharges have been removed for Tasmanian customers and decreased for ireland and the Channels islands. China (mainland) has been added to the list of countries we can ship to.
Note also our new Thermo-eco packaging. Your precious wines will travel safely in our unique, custom-designed ECO packaging. made from NZ sheep wool materials that are 100% recycled, durable, robust, thermally resistant, compostable and friendly to our environment.
Our Syrah 2010 – recently released for tasting in our Cellar Door – was tasted by the tasting panel at Fine Wine Delivery in Lunn Avenue in Auckland – who stock our wines – and the following comments were posted on their online shop.
Astonishing Syrah from Waiheke Island’s finest vintage ever!
Description: The finest vintage on record for Waiheke Island has produced one of the very finest New Zealand Syrahs we have ever tasted.
Smells: Beautifully rich, dark and brooding, with all sorts of drk fruit, liquorice, exotic spices and cedar.
Tastes: Opulent and mouth-filling with layers and layers of richness and complexity, This is a breathtaking wine, that is as good as anything made on Waiheke previously.
Cellar: Through 2020 and enjoy for the next decade.
Varietal: 100% Syrah ‘Hermitage’ clone ; alcohol 13.5%. Vintage 2010 recommended for you from our tasting panel
Source: The Fine Wine Delivery Company.
The first edition (2009) was 5-star rated. The 2010 was absolute bottled terroir – the most frequent remark was, ‘That’s delicious – and I don’t like rose!’ Ditto for 2011, 2012 and 2013. Despite being made exactly the same as the previous vintages, the 2015 is uniquely individual, certainly different and rich with flavour and lees-aged texture. Perfect with fish, particularly salmon, or vegetarian options – or just by itself.
A typical, big and boldly-coloured rose with varietal fruit (cherries and raspberries) and spice (black pepper). The Syrah clone grown primarily for rose, matured early with great spice and red berry flavours. Fermented dry, sugar-free and refreshing – its a perfect match with – say – seared scallops and roast tomatoes, salmon etc – or just by itself on the deck at sunset.
Now tasting and selling at the Cellar Door and via delivery from our online shop.
On April 16th at around 5pm we switched on our 42 panel, three-phase array on the winery roof and became the first Sustainably Certified solar-powered winery on Waiheke Island. See the images elsewhere on our website and our Facebook pages.
To celebrate our new website going live we are introducing a revised and much more more flexible user-friendly Cellar Clclub for friends of Jurassic Ridge. When you sign up (free membership) you will receive benefits such as generous discounts up to 20% off our regular prices, free tastings, special offers, occasional access to past great vintages from our winery ‘library’ and special events such as vertical tastings at the winery. You can have selections and deliveries whenever you want with no obligations after joining up and selecting your level of membership.
Please see the OVERVIEW, DETAILS and TERMS and CONDITIONS elsewhere on this website under Cellar Club.
Our 100% Syrah 2008 from a great Waiheke vintage struck Gold at the 2011 Bragato Wine Awards in Auckland. Very limited availability as at January 2015. Drinking now at peak although will cellar for at least another 5 years.
Excerpt from “Thumbs Up – Down Under” by Jon Porter 1 November 2009.
“…The third winery won our top prize and our money. This was a very small winery called Jurassic Ridge. The name comes not from the movie but from the owner who is an English geologist.* He likes to discuss the age of the rock upon which the island sits on and how it was formed. This unusual terroir immediately conjures up images of large dinosaurs but he tells me that nothing lived at this time except small invertebrates.** His wife is an Italian urologist*** who is very involved in the business when not checking out other liquids. They also grow olives and have their own olive press, which creates a wonderful olive oil, now proudly conveyed back to the USA to be consumed by friends and family.” The wines were the best I tasted on the island with the winner being a Montepulciano, which is not grown anywhere else on Waiheke.**** The tasting was impressive and took me back to Italy and the hands of the Italian wife were definitely involved in creating this wonderful robust red”. *****
NB However, some ever so slight corrections are required for the hilarious bits above;
*…Actually a Kiwi neurologist! .
**Nope – that’s not the case – its just that our Jurassic alpine greywackes are not macrofossiliferous – there is a rich diversity of Jurassic life forms in other rocks of this period of course.
***Nope – she is a neurologist who unfortunately has no time to dabble in fluids of any sort, but did want to partake of our favourite Italian wine!
****Again no – there is a very good one from Obsidian winery and much more being planted as this variety suits the island which is why we grow it!
*****The Winemaker’s comment – no comment!!
“…to Jurassic Ridge and Lance (a former neurologist and amateur geologist) who now has a winery and does most of the work by himself. Single grape type in a bottle is his philosophy – stunning attention to detail creates some stunning wines – we bought some!!! “.
Excerpt from “Annenige on tour! Waiheke Wine”, 8th December 2009.
“How many of us have been seduced by a gorgeous label, and an enticing description on a wine bottle, only to be left wanting by its contents? Living on, or visiting, Waiheke Island, you never more than 10-15 minutes from a cellar door so this scenario can be avoided. My obsession about trying new wines is equally met, on this island, by people that are driven to make them. Standing in the place where the vines are grown staring at those garnet and citrine orbs full of potential panacea, you can forget the huge labour that goes into this business. At harvest time it is a battle with the weather to get these precious vessels into tank or barrel at the peak time before nature does them more harm than good. At the cellar door you can learn so much more about the wine and the passion that brought it into being. This week’s wine match was made by one of these brave people who turned his dream into reality. Lance Blumhardt of Jurassic Ridge spent his precious time with me explaining his wines and the vagaries of his vineyard site, where they pride themselves on their single vineyard varietals and sustainable practices. The Jurassic Ridge Cabernet Franc ‘08 has a soft sweet herbaceous edge and finds a soul mate in the delicious olive Mediterranean tart. The ripe fruit flesh of this wine is a compliment to the fresh harvest vegetables and together they lead you down the garden path. There we find the soft notes in the wine of violets and lavender. The saltiness of the capers, olives, and feta balance nicely with the tannic structure and stylish oak of this generous inky Cabernet Franc. This wine had no fining and minimal filtration, which can strip out some of the finer aromas, and is a true representation of where it is grown. Jurassic Ridge’s cellar door is open 7 days from 11-4pm . They also produce Pinot Grigio, Syrah, Syrah Rose and their trophy winning Montepulciano. They are one driveway along from the Mudbrick in Church Bay. Church Bay was also named Hangaura which means ‘to make red’ so it is fitting that red wine is being made here. It can also mean to make red the sky, so as the sun goes down this is the perfect time to drink this wine. To sip perchance to dream….”
Linda’s Column Gulf News 31 March 2011.
You will be pleased to know that some of our Jurassic Ridge wines are available in the UK. Our importer – John Lang Leisure, based in Conwy, North Wales, distributes across the UK including internet sales. Go to their website at www.goodwineonline.com to check it out. As a special introductory offer, you may well be offered a free bottle of our single Vineyard, Jurassic Terrace, Waihopai Valley, Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc 2010 when purchasing any six bottles of Jurassic Ridge red wines from John. Check it out while this offer lasts!
“2009 Jurassic Ridge Montepulciano – 18.5/20 points (5 stars). Good ruby and velvet, some carmine. Bouquet is simply beautiful Montepulciano, fragrant, darkly floral, intensely berried, slightly spicy, but unlike so many of the wines from this grape’s homeland, this one is perfectly clean. Palate is soft, rich and velvety, the oak in good new world proportion, the flavours long and dry. This is benchmark Montepulciano, a grape which is doing exceptionally well on Waiheke Island… Cellar 5-12 maybe 15 years”.
Geoff Kelly Wine Reviews, November 2012.