Winemaking

Passion Matters

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Attention is given to every detail from the north-facing sun-soaked hillside vineyards to our state-of-the-art wine production. Our wines seek to express the uniqueness of the land and a sense of origin. Low yield viticultural practices, a unique individual berry selection technology, wild fermentations, french oak, and gravity-fed winery produce wonderful examples of Waiheke wines including Syrah, Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc, Merlot, Malbec, Chardonnay, Pinot Gris, Riesling, Flora, and Sparkling wine.
Passion Matters
Winemaker

Daniel Struckman

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South African born Daniel Struckman moved to New Zealand with his family as a teenager schooling in Christchurch and studying microbiology and biochemistry at Canterbury University. Daniel was inspired by Nelson-based pioneer winemaker Hermann Seifried to take his science interest into winemaking. After completing a bachelor of winemaking at New Zealand's Lincoln University, Daniel went overseas for several vintage seasons experience in the US and Germany. He was appointed winemaker at Batch Winery and released the first portfolio of wines in January 2013.
Daniel Struckman
The Colours of Wine

Design and Architecture

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Our State of the Art Winery has a strong design philosophy.  Traditionally the process of making wine occured on farms or Monasteries in simple structures such as sheds, barns, and cellars.  Batch Winery is conceived as a shed.  It’s shed-like design referenced in concrete, timber and corten steel.  The building is also much more than a shed.  An innovation are translucent wall panels that capture the daylight outside not only providing diffused natural light to the working interior but also minimising the sun’s heat into the wine making area during not summer days.

On the exterior these translucent wall panels reference the shades and evocative colours of wine from pale lemon lime to rose and the deeper plum shades of cabernet and syrah.  Striking and luminous on the exterior, the panels reflect and play with light all day changing with the sunlight and glowing in the sunset.

These design elements are introduced to Batch Winery by international designer, New Zealander David Scott.

The Winery buildings design utilises the sloping site to advantage with several levels providing gravity flow that eliminates mechanical pumping for the gentlest handling of juice and wine during production.  At harvest grapes are hand-picked then selected for ripeness and quality on specially designed selection tables before pressing on the upper level.  From there the gravity flow enables tender transfer of wine.  Eventually our young wines make their way down to our hillside barrel cellar.  Dark, damp, and cool, a wines idea of bliss, they will start their evolution.  A process that only specialized oak and time can provide.

Batch Winery puts environmental sustainability as a top priority using natural methods in both the vineyard and the winery.  In the winery cleanliness is maintained with steam sanitation removing any need for chemical cleaners.  Waste water is carefully managed on site and all vineyard and winery waste is composted on site.