Destiny Bay
Wines
Waiheke Island – New Zealand

The perfect marriage of heaven and earth

Destiny Bay Winery was founded in 2000 by Mike Spratt and his wife Ann on Waiheke Island. Today it covers around 6.2 hectares of vineyards, which are planted with the grape varieties Cabernet Sauvignon (60%), Merlot (20%), Cabernet Franc (10%), Malbec (8%) and Petit Verdot (2%) known from Bordeaux.

The company, whose wines are now made by Mike and Ann’s son Sean, is considered the only true specialist in Cabernet Sauvignon blends in New Zealand and a leading producer of Cabernet-dominant blends. The wines are highly appreciated and highly rated, not only by wine critic Robert Parker. In July 2021, the winery was voted the best winery of the year by New Zealand trade journalists. And quite a few wine connoisseurs consider the products of Destiny Bay to be among the best wines in New Zealand.

In order to bring this top quality to the bottle year after year, the Pratt family relies on very extreme yield reduction, meticulous vineyard work, manual harvesting, elaborate grape selection, careful work in the cellar as well as environmentally friendly and sustainable viticulture and winemaking practices.

The final harvest is between 0.5 and 2.2 kilos per vine. Which is significantly lower than those classified by the large Bordeaux plants such as Château Lafite Rothschild. All grapes are harvested by hand and sorted in the vineyard before being transported in small containers a few hundred meters to the winery. There they are gently destemmed in a careful process, sieved and sorted again by hand. Only the best berries get to the actual winemaking, which can be different depending on the grape variety and the vintage-specific goals. To achieve optimal color, tannin and flavor extraction, Destiny Bay uses cold maceration, prolonged maceration, gentle immersion of the pomace hat and pumping in the fermentation of the wine. The process of maceration, which can take more than a month, is continuously monitored and analyzed.

The transport of the wine into the barrels in the maturation cellar is largely carried out in free run with the help of gravity. Mechanical pumping is dispensed with. Individual 200- or 225-liter barriques made of French or American oak are used to age the wine.

Waiheke Island – The fantastic island location

Destiny Bay Wines is located on Waiheke Island, a small island in the Hauraki Gulf, about nineteen kilometers northeast of Auckland. The vineyard is located on the protected southern edge of the island and is laid out in a small, crater-shaped valley that opens to the north. The high eastern, southern and western ridges of the vineyard protect the vines from the strong winds, which often endanger the fruit set on vines in maritime locations. They and the warm northern orientation act like natural solar panels during the phases of growth and maturation. The slope of the seven vineyard blocks ranges from 12 degrees to over 30 degrees. Due to this, all blocks must be processed by hand.

The climate on Waiheke is different from other regions of New Zealand, such as Marlborough. It is hotter and drier and more similar to the climate in parts of Bordeaux in France or napa Valley in California. But unlike Bordeaux and Napa, Waiheke Island has a real maritime climate. This acts like a natural air conditioner and prevents heat extremes from dictating crop decisions, as is sometimes the case in Bordeaux and Napa.

During the warm summer months, inland temperatures can rise to over 30 degrees Celsius. As the large landmass of the central Waikato region heats up, it attracts sea breezes from the north. Across the Firth of Thames Bay. The island of Waiheke lies precisely in this cooling air flow, which ensures that the temperature peaks are mitigated. The slightly cool nights there near the sea also favor a gentle ripening of the flavors and aromas of the grape varieties.

Destiny Bay’s bottom profile is completely unique. The geological composition of the soil consists of a top layer of “crack clay” and volcanic clay underneath. The cracking of the clay-like soils causes a natural root cut, which reduces the growth power of the vines and increases the concentration of taste, while the clay improves the elegance and mouthfeel of the wines.

This unique interplay of soil, location and climate, combined with meticulous winemaking techniques and passion, allows Destiny Bay to create a small number of distinctive, balanced, full-bodied Cabernet blends.

Focus on sustainable management

Ecological balance is more than a social responsibility for the Pratt family. For them, protecting the planet is part of the good practice of viticulture and winemaking. The winery, certified for sustainable viticulture, therefore invests a lot of time and money in a variety of environmentally friendly practices. In order to protect the special soils, the location and the mesoclimate of the vineyard, the following activities are in focus:

  • Reuse of all vegetable substances and waste water
  • Comprehensive energetic insulation and insulation measures in the barrel hall, in the fermentation room as well as in the maturation and storage rooms.
  • Keep hygiene and water management systems up to date with the latest technology
  • Use of energy-efficient techniques for winemaking (i.e. natural aeration, thermal preservation, etc…)
  • Gravity-assisted winemaking to minimize handling and energy consumption
  • Optimized use of natural ventilation for heating and cooling throughout the winery and vineyards
  • Use of natural light and energy-saving lighting technology to reduce energy consumption
  • Vertically integrated production
  • Pursue a low-volume, high-quality strategy that reduces the carbon footprint by at least half
  • Promotion of a soil microbiome and recycling of natural nitrogen through the use of organic fermenters, fungi and nutrients
  • Planting of ground covers to reduce spraying agents and mechanical work
  • Planting over 500 native trees to offset carbon production
  • Use of state-of-the-art temperature monitoring and control
  • Use of corks that cause 24 times less CO2 emissions than screw caps
  • Use of environmentally friendly sprays to avoid heavy metal toxicity that occurs with the pure use of organic copper sprays.

the wines of destiny bay wines

588,00 

Includes 19% MwSt.
(784,00  / 1 L)

170,00 

Includes 19% MwSt.
(226,67  / 1 L)

402,00 

Includes 19% MwSt.
(536,00  / 1 L)