These vines are in our Sally’s Field Vineyard in the Bridge Pa area of Hastings. They are planted at 2.4 mt row and 2 mt plant spacing giving us 2083 plants per ha. We target a yield of 10 tonnes per ha with these vines as we are looking to make a wine that is fruit driven and lightly or completely unwooded. This is a dry site that requires irrigating in dry seasons and this allows us to manipulate the canopy size to ensure maximum sun exposure onto the bunches and also good penetration for our fungicide spraying. A good leaf plucking regime also opens the canopy around the bunch zone and the propensity for this clone of Chardonnay -UDC Cl 15- to produce “hen & chicken’ bunches also adds to the complexity of the wine.
Maimai Creek is the wine label of Stirling Vines Limited of Hawke’s Bay, New Zealand. Stirling Vines is a family run enterprise that began grape growing operations in 1994, supplying grapes to large wineries in New Zealand, primarily Sauvignon Blanc. In early 2002 we made the decision to market a portion of our own fruit under our own label, Maimai Creek. Managed by Mal McLennan, Stirling Vines comprises three vineyards - Stirling and Elgin vineyards located in Meeanee, and, the Sally’s Field vineyard in Bridge Pa, locally known as the ”Ngatarawa Triangle”.
Maimai Creek produces a range of white and red wines from three vineyards in Hawke’s Bay, with Sauvignon Blanc, Riesling, and Gewurztraminer being grown in the cooler area of Meeanee, and Chardonnay, Malbec, Merlot, and Syrah being grown in the hotter regions surrounding Hastings.
The name Maimai Creek derives from a small stream that runs along side the eastern boundary of our Meeanee property that we as children named “the creek.” In times of drought this creek was often a source of water for stock and water fowl. At some time in the early 1960’s a maimai (hunting blind) was built and the creek became known as Maimai Creek.
Stirling Vines has expanded it’s grape growing through a combination of planting on available land and through the acquisition of additional land for further planting. At this time Stirling Vines has additional reserves of land available for future expansion of operations.