Kindeli Otoño is a blend of Gewürztraminer (50%), Pinot Gris (10%), and Riesling (40%) grown in organic vineyards in the Upper Moutere, Nelson. The fruit is hand harvested, then a co-ferment of Riesling, Gewürztraminer, and Pinot Gris is left on skins for 10 days in amphora (Spanish Tinajas). The remaining Gewürztraminer and Riesling is co-fermented in open fermenters on skins, then pressed off into amphorae for ageing.
Alex Craighead started Don and Kindeli Wines with his partner Josefina Venturino in Martinborough in 2014 and the journey so far has been an incredible one.
In the early days Alex was still working as a winemaker for a winery in Martinborough, and on the side had been taking fruit from a few different regions and even splitting the winemaking between two islands. Nowadays, Don & Kindeli Wines has become Alex’s primary focus, all of his fruit comes from organically farmed vineyards in Nelson that he either owns or leases, and he now has complete control over all inputs in his wine from farming and winemaking through to bottling and labelling.