Spoonbill Wine is produced by Rawiri Vineyard Ltd, Marlborough, New Zealand. Rawiri Vineyard is owned by Dave Eatwell and his wife Chris, residents of Chesterfield, Missouri. Dave was born and raised in New Zealand however he has lived the majority of his life in the St Louis region, his wife Chris being from Webster Groves.
Handpicked into 10kg bins, the very best grapes are kept aside for the Reserve, a maximum of 1 ½ tonnes. Of the four different clones, two thirds are a mixture of Clone 5 and 115 with the other third being clones 777 and 667, all clones being co fermented. The process is the same as the Estate however new oak is 35%. Only 4 barrels of the Reserve are made each year.
The 2012 season was very cool and the vintage two weeks later than normal. With the cooler than usual temperatures, the flavors developed ahead of the sugars giving a lower alcohol percentage without sacrificing the flavors. This wine has Eucalyptus and orange zest on the nose, while dark cherry, cranberry and mocha play on the palette. The balance of oak and acidity result in a long lingering finish similar to the Cote de Or in Burgundy.