Amy Hopkinson-Styles is a winemaker based in Hawkes Bay, New Zealand. Alongside her husband, Ollie, Halcyon Days uses time-honoured methods to create living wines that are a dynamic expression of the terroir of Aotearoa New Zealand.
Halcyon Days wine is made with organic grapes from a BioGro certified Mangatahi vineyard, that have been planted in loam over red gravel alluvial soils. Mangatahi is a sub-region of Hawke’s Bay on the southern terraces of the braided Ngaruroro river.
The fruit is handpicked and naturally fermented – Halcyon wines and our wines are unfined, unfiltered, with no additions.
During our September tour of Hawke’s Bay, we had the pleasure of catching up with Amy of @halcyon_wines on the beautiful Te-Mata peak.
Atop of a windy hillside, we talked about the rich history of the fertile region, the state of organic grape farming in New Zealand and what the future holds for Halcyon, the brand she shares between herself and her husband, Ollie.
After spending time in Europe, picking up the wine traditions of the old world, Amy’s lightbulb moment came after working in Italy.
A difficult vintage in 2019 saw a harsh frost claim the Pinot Noir fruit pegged for their Gris-Noir. Unfortunately this means there won’t be a 2020 vintage for the Gris-Noir… However! Out of some sheer luck, we managed to nab the last few cases of this iconic NZ natural vino. The Halcyon Gris-Noir is a 50/50 blend of Pinot Gris and Pinot Noir; bright, unctuous with a phenomenal purity - this is adults juice with energy. Feel free to enjoy whenever but we love it paired with a plate of anti-pasti, olives and a spring moment of twilight.