Urlar

Proudly family owned, Urlar Estate produces outstanding single vineyard wines using organic and biodynamic principles.

Urlar is a Gaelic word that means “The Earth”. Our desire is to bring an abundance of life back to our ancient soils so you can discover the purity of flavor inherent in the land. Our journey from the highlands of Scotland to the stony soils and cool climate of Gladstone, Wairarapa has cemented our love for all things pure and true. We are thrilled to present our stunning range of wine for you to enjoy.

Founders and owners Angus and Davina Thomson hail from Scotland. As a fifth generation farmer and a family history in distilling (both grandfathers were in the whisky business) Angus’ love of the land is inherent. Angus, Davina and their three young children embrace their new life downunder.

Winemaker and Viticulturist, Guy McMaster graduated from Lincoln University with a Post-Graduate Diploma in Viticulture and Oenology. With numerous vintages from every corner of the earth under his belt, Guy and his family are well settled in to the Gladstone area. Previously, the assistant winemaker at the Escarpment Vineyard, his winemaking philosophy is vineyard-focused with minimal intervention in the winery.

The winery sits on the shore of the large dam, created for frost fighting. Care has been taken to landscape the area to create a place of beauty and a natural habitat for a variety of birds including native duck, pukeko and kotuku. More than 1,500 native trees have been planted with a further 3,000 planned. These are irrigated from the winery’s filtered wastewater system. Angus, Davina and Guy are firmly committed to a balance in all things; achieving both environmental and economic sustainability.

We sincerely believe in a sense of place. The soil, the climate, the people and our passion. By giving back to the soil, enhancing the environment we occupy and leaving it in better shape, means this is a place for the long term and for future generations.

Our passion is to produce handcrafted, elegant wines with a purity of flavour that is achieved through integrity. In every glass we invite you to taste a sense of our place, Urlar.

  • Sauvignon Blanc

    Expressive notes of ripe gooseberries, capsicum and a hint of passionfruit. The palate is full and rich derived from the barrel portion with a beautiful thread of acidity giving the wine great length and intensity.

    2015: 91 points, Editor's Choice, Wine Enthusiast

    Fig, nectarine and grapefruit notes mark this as a ripe style, without much of the herbal pungency found in Sauvignon Blancs from Marlborough. It’s medium bodied, with a silky mouthfeel and a long, harmonious finish. Drink now. Atlas Imports. Editors’ Choice. —J.C.

    2013: 90 points, Robert Parker

    Fragrant notes of peach blossoms, pink grapefruit and passion fruit waft over the nose of the 2013 Sauvignon Blanc with a faint cedary hint. Medium-bodied, it fills the palate with mouth-watering citrus and tropical flavors supported by refreshing acidity and finishing with long, lingering toast and herbal notes.

    2015 Sell Sheet

    2014 Sell Sheet

    2013 Sell Sheet

  • Pinot Noir

    An elegant wine with dark cherry and plum aromas intermingled with cedar and spice. The palate is refined with a silky texture that with time in the glass develops some lovely savory nuances.

    2012: 93 points, James Suckling

    A very toasty, spicy nose with plenty of mocha and hard, brown baking spices, earthy notes and dark-cherry fruit. Quite brooding. The palate has good shape to it, with light, fleshy fruit through the middle, while the tannins hold fine, long, flavors of red fruits, mocha and raspberry. Smooth tannins to close.

    2012: 91+ points, Robert Parker

    Pale ruby with a hint of purple, the 2012 Pinot Noir offers red currants, red cherries and kirsch notes with nuances of underbrush, potpourri and allspice. Light to medium-bodied, it is very elegant and fine in the mouth with plenty of complexity and a good long finish.

    2012 Sell Sheet

    2011 Sell Sheet