2012 Lord Rutherford Barrique Chardonnay

Full bodied, barrique fermented, with intense aromas of peaches and butterscotch. An elegantly structured wine with concentrated stonefruit and citrus flavours. The palate is well balanced with integrated premium french oak, leading into a long seductive finish.

Mailing List Winners

January’s winner was Marion Heeney of Auckland, and February’s winner is Judy Bridge of Hamilton.

You too can win!

Leave a business card, or your contact details in the vase at the winery, and you could come home to a bottle of our Trophy Pinot Noir and a selection of wine infused truffles.

2015 Lord Rutherford Barrique Sauvignon Blanc

This full bodied, barrel fermented Sauvignon Blanc has deep aromas of citrus and rock melon. The palate is wonderfully rich and complex displaying concentrated tropical fruit flavours with subtle barrel overtones. An elegant, sophisticated Sauvignon with a citrus minerality that lingers on and on.

2015 Lord Rutherford Sauvignon Blanc

This concentrated, full bodied Sauvignon displays lifted aromas of citrus and passionfruit. It has a well balanced palate with wonderful richness that is bursting with flavours of red currants and gooseberries. This leads into a powerful citrus finish that lingers on and on.

2014 Lord Rutherford Pinot Noir

Rich and elegant with gorgeous aromas of dark cherry, berry fruit and a hint of violets. The palate shows ripeness, depth and complexity combining layers of cherry and savoury characters.

We’ve tweaked our label

What do you think of our 2015 label tweak?

We have let go the rocks at the bottom and given the Brightwater Star a bit of bling. Sparkling copper for the main range while the Lord Rutherford gets Gold!
Here they are fresh off the bottling line.

Caledonian Sky Tasting

There is only one cruise ship coming to Nelson this summer – the Caledonian Sky.
We were invited to show our Brightwater Vineyards wines to the 90 guests in an on-board tasting on Saturday 23 January.
The passengers all loved our wines and were very enthusiastic. Bottles were purchased and Brightwater Vineyards wines were served with the gourmet dinner that evening.

2015 Nelson Riesling

Fragrant aromas of citrus and orange blossom introduce this wonderful medium dry Riesling. The full bodied palate combines excellent texture and balance with concentrated ripe citrus, a touch of sweetness, and a long mouth-watering finish.

Champion Pinot Noir

Widely considered as the premier awards event in the New Zealand Wine Calendar, we went into the Air New Zealand Wine Awards Dinner, already the proud winners of two gold medals – one for our Nelson Pinot Noir 2014 and one for our Nelson Pinot Gris 2015. We left as winners of the coveted Champion Pinot Noir Trophy.

2014 Nelson Pinot Noir

A sumptuous Pinot Noir displaying dark cherry, berry fruit and savoury characters. A concentrated wine exhibiting well integrated ripe tannins, a rich full palate and a wonderful persistence of flavour.

2014 Lord Rutherford Sauvignon Blanc

Concentrated and full bodied. Displays lifted aromas of citrus and passionfruit. It is well balanced, multi- layered and bursting with flavours of red currants and gooseberry. This leads into a fresh citrus and summer grass finish that lingers on and on.