The Mount Michael Vineyard arose out of Sue and Martin Anderson’s desire to live and run a business in Central Otago. The couple spent nearly two years finding the right site; a six hectare plot overlooking the Wanaka – Queenstown turnoff at Cromwell. An initial three-hectare vineyard was planted with approximately half Chardonnay grapes and the other half in Pinot Noir grapes.
The first harvest of grapes from the Mount Michael Vineyard were picked, and blessed by the local Anglican Church Vicar. Causing some controversy as the local Catholic Church went on to being included in the founding label.
In order to focus her initial efforts on the vineyard, Sue sold grapes from the first two years harvest to Chard Farm. By 1999, Sue felt that the vineyard was well established and the grapes had achieved sufficient quality. The first wines under the “Mount Michael” label were made by Matt Dicey of Mt Difficulty.
The Central Otago Wine Growers Association (COWA) showcased the region for the first time in London at New Zealand House. Mount Michael Wines was apart of this maiden journey to the United Kingdom, entering in the The London International Wine Challenge and awarded a Silver Medal for the 2002 Pinot Noir at the worlds largest wine competition.
After a decade the Anderson family sold Mount Michael Wines to a consortium of wine enthusiasts. With the success of Mount Michael Wines premium reserve wine was created and named after an original and most loved “employee”, Bessie. A Fox terrier and rabbit hunter of legend, she was vineyard “supervisor” for many years. Mount Michael Wines retained this reserve wine until 2016 when her name was finally retired.
Alan Scott of the aforementioned investment consortium went on to buy out his other investors from the vineyard and later that year the remaining syndicate inclusive of Peter Morrison & Debbie Laycock purchased a new seven-hectare plot in Lowburn where Mount Michael Wines found its new home.
Maintaining the quality and prestige of Mount Michael Wines the 2005 ‘Bessie’s Block’ Pinot Noir placed Pure Gold at the Air New Zealand Wine Awards and Gold at the Brigato Awards. The 2005 Chardonnay also placed Silver in the Air New Zealand Wine Awards also.
The Air New Zealand Wine Awards placed the 2006 Mount Michael Pinot Noir Pure Silver and provided the 2006 Bessies Block Chardonnay with a Silver Medal.
The Air New Zealand Wine Awards judged the Mount Michael Bessie’s Block Pinot Noir 2012 and awarded the wine with a Pure Elite Gold Medal. In the same year the China Wine & Spirits Awards selected the Mount Michael Pinot Noir 2013 as winner of Gold in the CWSA Best Value competition.
Accolades continued for Mount Michael Wines ‘Bessies Block’ Awarded Pure Gold at the Bragato Wine Awards for the 2012 vintage. In the same year the Air New Zealand Wine Awards placed the 2014 Pinot Gris with a Pure Elite Gold Medal.
The next generation. Anna Dunsdon together with her husband Tim & family acquired Mount Michael in 2015. Anna has had one foot this side of the Tasman from birth, growing up in Brisbane to kiwi parents with businesses in Otago and a large extended family across New Zealand. The 2013 vintage of Bessie’s Block Pinot Noir places Pure Elite Silver at the Air New Zealand Wine Awards.
New friendships are formed with three generational growers sourcing their premium fruit from Lowburn, Bendigo & Gibbston; subregions of Central Otago.
Our 2016 Pinot Gris debuts Gold at the New Zealand Aromatic Wine Awards.
The Mt Michael Lodge is opened by Alistair & Fiona Marris, the first luxury accommodation of its kind amongst Central Otago vines.
In 2016 our Reserve Pinot Noir wasn’t the only good thing gathering momentum. Our baby niece was conceived, and whilst she only had 9 and a bit months ‘in barrel’ her parents named her Isla Robbie when she came into the world in 2017.
We are thrilled to announce ISLA is our Reserve Pinot Noir for 2016, ongoing where great vintages permit. Debuting Gold in the Exhibition Category of the 2017 Air New Zealand Wine Awards.
Watch this space, great wine is coming.
Our policy lasts 30 days. If 30 days have gone by since your purchase, unfortunately we can’t offer you a refund or exchange.
To be eligible for a return, your item must be unused and in the same condition that you received it. It must also be in the original undamaged packaging.Additional non-returnable items:
To complete your return, we require a receipt or proof of purchase.Refunds (if applicable)
Once your return is received and inspected, we will send you an email to notify you that we have received your returned item. We will also notify you of the approval or rejection of your refund.
If you are approved, then your refund will be processed, and a credit will automatically be applied to your credit card or original method of payment, within a certain amount of days.Late or missing refunds (if applicable)
If you haven’t received a refund yet, first check your bank account again. Then contact your credit card company, it may take some time before your refund is officially posted. Next contact your bank. There is often some processing time before a refund is posted. If you’ve done all of this and you still have not received your refund yet, please contact us at [email protected].Sale items (if applicable)
Only regular priced items may be refunded, unfortunately sale items cannot be refunded.Exchanges (if applicable)
We only replace items if they are defective or damaged. If you need to exchange it for the same item, send us an email at [email protected] and send your item to: 10 Pinot Noir Drive, Cromwell, Central Otago New Zealand.Gifts
If the item was marked as a gift when purchased and shipped directly to you, you’ll receive a gift credit for the value of your return. Once the returned item is received, a gift certificate will be mailed to you.
If the item wasn’t marked as a gift when purchased, or the gift giver had the order shipped to themselves to give to you later, we will send a refund to the gift giver and he will find out about your return.Shipping
To return your product, you should mail your product to: 10 Pinot Noir Drive Cromwell Otago NZ 9384
You will be responsible for paying for your own shipping costs for returning your item. Shipping costs are non-refundable. If you receive a refund, the cost of return shipping will be deducted from your refund.
Depending on where you live, the time it may take for your exchanged product to reach you, may vary.
If you are shipping an item over $75, you should consider using a trackable shipping service or purchasing shipping insurance. We don’t guarantee that we will receive your returned item.
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10 Pinot Noir Drive Cromwell Otago NZ 9384SECTION 5 - SUBSCRIPTIONS SUBSCRIPTIONS
The below Terms & Conditions apply to all NEW ZEALAND and AUSTRALIAN subscription members upon joining the club. By joining the Mount Michael Subscription Service, you agree to the following:
1. NEW ZEALAND MEMBERS: You have signed up to a one-year contract, comprised of either one annual shipment (library raid) or two bi annual, consecutive shipments (annual allocation) This membership will automatically renew unless you notify us of your desire to cancel your membership. You will receive 2x 6 bottle shipments sent out bi annually (12 bottles in total) or 12 bottles sent out annually (library raid)
AUSTRALIAN MEMBERS: You have signed up to a one-year contract, comprised of one annual shipment. This membership will automatically renew unless you notify us of your desire to cancel your membership. You will receive one Annual shipment of 15 bottles of wine.
2. Unless affected by unforeseen logistic circumstance, NEW ZEALAND subscriptions- we charge your credit card on file bi annually 5 days before your shipment is due to be dispatched. (1stJune & 1st November) AUSTRALIAN subscriptions will be charged within the last week of October ahead of a shipment dispatch on the 1stNovember. You be notified of the exact date and charge in your upcoming shipment email 3 weeks prior to shipment.
3. The wine is dispatched within 5 days of your credit card being processed. You will receive an email confirmation that your order has been dispatched and an estimated delivery time. AUSTRALIA – Your wine takes three weeks to ship and we use NZ Wine Export as our third-party dispatch service.
4. Mount Michael Wines reserves the right to alter the bi annual and annual release dates, dependent on vintage release. You will be notified of any changes in your bi annual or annual email announcing the coming shipment 3 weeks prior to the shipment date.
5. We review price ceilings annually. Any price changes will take effect 1st of May.
6. After one year, you may cancel your membership by written email notice to [email protected] at any time up to three weeks prior to a shipment. Members who send a cancellation request less than three weeks prior to a shipment will still be charged for and sent that shipment, and the cancellation will be implemented afterwards.
7. If you cancel your membership before receiving two bi annual or first annual wine club shipment(s), that is viewed as an early termination. Early terminations are subject to a fee of $20, or, the amount of total discount you have received up until the point of your early termination—whichever is greater. The latter amount covers discounted benefits you may have received as part of the benefits of being a subscription member.
8. Wine Subscription Members are responsible for notifying Mount Michael Wines of any delivery address changes. Failure to notify Mount Michael Wines of changes in delivery addresses will result in us passing along any fees incurred. Such include but are not limited to: the fee charged to us by the courier for failed delivery, a $20 fee for re-dispatching the wine for a second time. Members will be reminded annually or bi annually to update their delivery details in the annual or bi annual emails announcing the coming shipment. AUSTRALIA: Once the wine has left New Zealand, there is very little we can do as it will be inaccessible until it arrives in Australia. Getting wine brought back to New Zealand is at the members expense.
9. NZ Only - Deliveries will be attempted three times to the address that you provide. Should the three attempts fail, you acknowledge and agree to a $20 redispatch fee to cover the costs charged to us for the failed delivery as well as the cost of re-dispatching your wine a second time.
10. You can put your membership on hold for a maximum of 6 months at any time prior to 2 weeks before the 1st of May and October. On Hold requests after that time will be charged and sent the shipment that corresponds with that quarter.
11. By joining the Mount Michael Subscription Service, you are declaring that you are the legal age of alcohol consumption in your home country and the country of delivery.
12. By joining the Mount Michael Subscription Service, you understand that the contact details you provide will be used to send correspondence regarding membership updates, exclusive event invitations and other information pertaining to your membership. These details will be added to the Mount Michael database and stored securely. They will never be rented to any third parties. Email is our main and preferred method of contact for the subscription service.
13. You agree to use of any photographs taken of you or your guest at a Mount Michael Subscription Service event for marketing purposes.