Mt. Beautiful Wines

Mt. Beautiful wines are not only different from most New Zealand wines by way of their North Canterbury location, but they are also different in style. The wine style captures the essence of New Zealand while embracing a more restrained approach, with harmony and balance:

  • Sauvignon Blanc that restrains grassiness while playing up the decadent tropical flavors and crisp finish
  • Opulent, round Pinot Gris showing apples, pears and a touch of honey
  • Velvety yet crisp Chardonnay with notes of stone fruits and persistent minerality
  • Riesling offering a textural adventure of bright acidity and off-dry floral and citrus flavors
  • Subtle, sophisticated Pinot Noir featuring black cherry and violet aromas
  • Traditionally made Rosé with hints of fresh-cut watermelon and pink grapefruit

Winemaker Sam Weaver describes the winemaking style as clean wines with "drive" and length of flavor. They show abundant fruit but “pull in the reins” to manage it with more balance.

Mt. Beautiful Rosé

Flavour Profile

Traditionally made Rosé produced from Pinot Noir juice that was pressed off after a period of light contact and fermented in barrel and tank. Our 2016 vintage boasts floral notes and intense sweet red berry aromas on the nose, while offering a dry palate that’s creamy in texture with good acidity. With hints of fresh-cut watermelon and pink grapefruit, this wine is medium bodied with a considerable finish.

Winemaker Notes

2016 was a great year for Pinot Noir and perfect for making our new Rosé wine, a blend of our eight Pinot Noir vineyard blocks. Thirty percent of this wine was made by the saignée method (where freshly pressed juice is bled off after making contact with the grape skins for a short duration), and the other seventy percent was crushed and left to macerate for 24 hours, pressed and then reserved in stainless steel tanks. Twenty percent of the total blend was then barrel fermented, bringing more texture and a creamy mouth feel to the wine. Fermentation lasted 14 days at a closely monitored average temperature of 16 degrees Celsius. We aimed for a relatively long ferment to allow for clean, complex flavors to be exhibited.

The Perfect Match

Our Mt. Beautiful Rosé pairs beautifully with a goat cheese tart, prosciutto salad, fresh pan seared scallops and a warm summer’s day.

For vintage specific tasting notes, please click links below.

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2017 Rose

$21.50 each
$19.35 per unit for buying at least 12
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Mt. Beautiful Sauvignon Blanc


Flavour Profile

Our Sauvignon Blanc pushes the boundaries of the typical New Zealand flavor profile. By highlighting decadent tropical flavors, toning down the grassiness and bringing a creamy mid-palate all the way through to a crisp finish with bright minerality, we have set a new precedence for New Zealand Sauvignon Blanc.

For The Aficionado

The majority of the Sauvignon Blanc is planted on the most northern part of the vineyard which is cooler and more suited to this variety. All of our Sauvignon Blanc is hand-thinned and machine harvested before it is pressed into juice on site. The planted clones are a mix of University of California Davis (UCD) 1 and Mass selection (MS) on a mix of 101-14, 3309 and Schwarzmann rootstock, with a quarter of the vines Bordeaux clones BDX 316 and BDX 317, on Riparia Gloire rootstock. The Bordeaux clones tend to give a definite lift to Sauvignon Blanc flavours, with less cut grass and more tropical flavours providing a more artisan style, balanced, elegant wine which compliments a range of foods.

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2010 Sauvignon Blanc

$17.00 each
$15.30 per unit for buying at least 12
1917 items in stock
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2013 Sauvignon Blanc

$18.90 each
$17.01 per unit for buying at least 12
58 items in stock
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2014 Sauvignon Blanc

$21.50 each
$19.35 per unit for buying at least 12
479 items in stock
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2016 Sauvignon Blanc

$21.50 each
$19.35 per unit for buying at least 12
3240 items in stock
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Mt. Beautiful Chardonnay

Flavour Profile

With aromatics of ripe apple, stone fruits and nectarines, our Chardonnay has a creamy texture that makes it easy to drink. Medium bodied with underlying notes of buttered brioche and nectarine confit, it finishes clean and crisp with a lover persistent flit like minerality.

For The Aficionado

Our Chardonnay is planted on the most Northern part of the vineyard and is hand tended and hand-harvested. The clones are a mixture of French clones B 95 and 2/23 grafted onto rootstock. The vineyard is in charge of dictating the flavour profile of the
Chardonnay, so far yielding flavours of peachy stone fruits and creamy almonds. The first vintage was 2013.

For vintage specific tasting notes, please click links below.

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2016 Chardonnay

$26.90 each
$24.21 per unit for buying at least 12
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Mt. Beautiful Pinot Gris


Flavour Profile

Our Pinot Gris is an invitation to experience the unexpected. The opulent palate combines stone fruit, apples, juicy ripe pears, and a touch of floral honey before delving into an expressive, persistent finish. The incredible richness in flavor is achieved by meticulously hand-tending and hand-harvesting the vines.

For The Aficionado

The Pinot Gris is planted on the warm slopes of a north facing hill block of natural uncontoured land, sloping from 55m to 32m above sea level. This site is well suited for Pinot Gris as it is out of the cooler and lower surrounding areas, and the soil mix of silt loam and clay provide excellent water-holding properties. It is all hand tended throughout the season and at harvest. A variety of Pinot Gris clones have been planted including German Geisenheim clone 2/21, new clonal reselections from South Africa (e.g. clones 7a, 14a and 52b and the Berrysmith clone), which all provide a full-bodied, textural wine with a richness in the mid palate.

For vintage specific tasting notes, please click links below.

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2015 Pinot Gris

$24.00 each
$21.60 per unit for buying at least 12
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2016 Pinot Gris

$24.00 each
$21.60 per unit for buying at least 12
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Mt. Beautiful Riesling


Flavour Profile

The Riesling is our baby, in the sense that it was the first wine we produced and launched to the public. It is a purely textural adventure, ripe with off-dry flavors of honeysuckle, lime, and wintersweet flower. The citrus notes meld together with crisp, minerality, and a complex ripe apple character. It finishes with a beautiful, lingering acidity. This is achieved by blending together two distinct blocks of Riesling from our vineyard.

For The Aficionado

The Riesling is planted on the higher elevated Southern section of the vineyard bordered by gullies, with the gully to the west being an established pine forest creating a warm sheltered block. The Riesling is closely planted, and has been split into two blocks with the lower block being spur pruned and the higher larger block single cane pruned to reduce vigour and maximise flavour. Like several of our other blocks we tend and harvest this block by hand. These plantings focus on German Geisenheim clone Gm 239, backed by clones Gm 198 and then Gm 110, which provide a classically elegant wine with mandarin, lime and lemon flavours.

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2016 Riesling

$28.00 each
$25.20 per unit for buying at least 12
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Mt. Beautiful Pinot Noir


Flavour Profile

Anyway you look at it, our Pinot Noir is the pinnacle of what we at Mt. Beautiful are all about. Subtlety is the secret inside this wine. It begins with sophisticated fragrances of black cherries and violets while showcasing an elegantly expressive palate of ripe bramble fruit and subtle tannins. As the personal favorite of our owner David Teece, it’s incredibly important for our Pinot Noir to showcase the best aspects of the varietal, therefore it is grown in the highest elevation in the vineyard.

For The Aficionado

Our Pinot Noir is planted on the Southern section of our vineyard, which has the highest elevation, providing extra warmth and less exposure to frost. In addition, our vines are closely planted to reduce vigour, resulting in lower crop levels and allowing us to ripen these grapes to achieve a true expression of this variety. We hand tend all our Pinot Noir throughout the season and at harvest. Our mix of Pinot Noir clones were specifically chosen for their flavour profile with 50% of the vineyard planted in Burgundy clones. Clone 667 fills out the middle palate, while 777 provides a long finish. The rest of the vines are a mixture of eleven other clones, including UCD 5, UCD 6, 114, 115, Mariafeld, AM10, 4, 5, 943 and Abel. The aim of these selections is to build sound palate structure in the wine, providing a vibrant ruby colored wine with ripe fruit, subtle tannins, great length and persistence of flavor.

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2015 Pinot Noir

$30.00 each
$27.00 per unit for buying at least 12
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