Pete Mason and Karen Delehanty took over Cottier Estate in Early April 2016, the week of Harvest ! Pete from a corporate background and Karen an interior designer were taken by the beauty and tranquillity of the area.
Pete when visiting Harvest festival in 2015 fell in love with the location and when he tasted the "Emily" Chardonnay was taken aback by the subtle oak and intense fruit flavour. As good as any he had tasted. Although from Wellington Pete had spent his school years in the Wairarapa.
Karen hails from a Sheep and Beef farm in Northern Wairarapa and this is homecoming for her. She too rated the Chardonnay very highly and is in touch with the land that Cottier sits on.
Pete and Karen have parallels with the Cottiers both having ancestors who arrived in New Zealand as Whalers. So the Cottier logo is very apt and will remain for future vintages.
The Estate is run in a collaborative manner, working with local contractors and local winemaker Paddy Borthwick. The family owned vineyard aims to create wines that show off the local terroir and exceptional climate that is Dakins Road.