366 State Highway 16, Kumeu
Cellar Door: Daily (9-5.30)
Ph: +63 9 412 5858
Croatian born, Bartul Soljan. established the first family vineyard in 1932. His son, Frank, established the Solans Winery in 1937.
In 2002 the third generation (Bartul’s grandson) Tony Soljan, established a state of the art complex at Kumeu in West Auckand.
The winery is surrounded by Pinotage, Pinot Gris and Merlot and draws on other regions for the rest of the portfolio (Sauvignon Blanc, Riesling, Pinot Noir, Chardonnay, Gewurztraminer.
The sparklings include a sparkling Muscat, and even more rarer, a sparkling Pinotage. There is also the ‘Tribute’, a special release blend of Hawke’s Bay Merlot and Malbec.
There are three types of Tasting notes:
(W) Notes from the winery (blurbs from bottle)
(GXY) Notes from a GenXY wine reviewer
(G) Notes from GenXY's Tasting events (collective opinions)
Soljans Kumeu Pinot Gris 2010
Purchased: Not ($NZ19)
(GXY) Tasting: May 2011, Silver Medal at NZ International Wine Show 2010, soft nashi pear and apple with ginger and musk notes, a little broad and oily, crisp and persistent powdery orange rind acidity gives some textural interest, fine phenolics, well balanced in a food friendly style (****)
Soljans Kumeu Auckland Pinot Gris 2008
Purchased: Not ($A19)
(GXY) Tasting: Feb 2009, a clean and pleasant food-friendly style showing spicy pear and ginger with a hint of mandarin, crisp lemon acid finish (***1/2)