Situated in the beautiful Moutere Valley in the Nelson-Tasman region of New Zealand, Abel was established in 2015 by Sophie and Mark McGill. The couple grew up in the heart of the country’s wine industry - Sophie’s parents, James and Wendy Healy, were at Cloudy Bay before setting up Dog Point Vineyard in Marlborough. Mark’s father, Linton, worked for many decades as a viticulturist before establishing his own vineyard in the Wairarapa. In the beginning, Sophie and Mark produced cider, but the goal was always to make wine, specifically chardonnay. They released their first vintage in 2018 using fruit from the Moutere Valley. 2019 marked the establishment of their own 5-ha, closely planted vineyard on a 100-year old apple orchard. The vineyard is managed using sustainable practices, with a view to implement organic viticulture in the future. With high sunshine hours and a glorious maritime climate, the Moutere Valley yields chardonnay fruit with a pure, fresh acidity that comes naturally from the rich clay soils of the region. In the estate’s small winery, situated in the old apple packing shed, freshness is retained through wild fermentation and maturation in large French oak cuves, which impart lifted spice and structure. Grown, made, bottled and sold by those who tend the land, these are delicious chardonnays in a fresh and highly textured style, showcasing a core of vibrant fruit.