‘Kusuda’ is a Martinborough based producer that was established in 2001 and quickly became one of those cult wines everyone is dying to get their hands on. Set up by Tokyo-born Hiroyuki (known as Hiro) Kusuda, there was a high chance New Zealand may have never been able to have these wines grace their lips, as Hiro trained as a Lawyer and worked as a Consulate General. Thankfully for the world he threw that in and pursued his other long term love: wine.
He moved to Germany in 1996 and studied Oenology and Viticulture in Geisenheim University. An experiment for his thesis happened to be carried out in New Zealand and Hiro had found his home in the world. While he was here his host family was the Schubert’s from ‘Schubert Wines’. Flash forward a few years, Hiro has moved to New Zealand, and whilst not having his own facilities or Vineyard he was able to release his first vintage with the help of his good friend Kai Schubert.
Hiro has always said that he wants to make wines that he loves to drink. His favourite varietal is Pinot Noir and he strived to make one that could be appreciated at the highest level. A feat we think he has managed in spades. His Pinot Noir is a dance between black berries, great depth and a wicked tannin structure, lovely texture, great length on the palate and something you desperately want to savour. Riesling is Hiro’s love affair and he’s made a wine which exhibits a strong, waxy, botrytis character that’s enhanced by flavours of floral, citrus and spice. The most recent addition to the collection being the Syrah, which exhibits core of plums & blackberry preserves with a black pepper finish.
To find out more about Kusuda and their wines please visit their website here.