Wine List

If you are interested in purchasing Runner Duck wine you can do so online here.

Our small wine list has been selected to reflect the diversity of New Zealand wines and some exceptional European wines. Each wine represents one of the most authentic of that type and, in most cases, comes from the region best known for that variety. Plume has also introduced a house wine of Sauvignon Blanc grape variety from Marlborough from the 2013 vintage for easy summer drinking.

Runner Duck Estate Wines

Plume, the vineyard restaurant, Matakana is the house of Runner Duck Estate which is committed to excellence in the wine that it produces and will simply not produce unless the year has delivered a quality harvest. Runner Duck specialises in the French varietals. The vintages show what the Matakana terroir is capable of producing from its clay loam soils. The 8 acre boutique vineyard located at 37 Duck Creek Road in Warkworth, a town whose symbol is the duck, was planted in 2003.

The vineyard comprises about 1.6 hectares of the French varietal of Syrah, with the remainder being the classic Bordeaux varieties of Cabernet Franc, Malbec, Merlot, and Petit Verdot. Most operations are catered to by hand as a boutique vineyard should practice and no irrigation is used. Runner Duck is committed to Sustainability and nil residue in wines and is under the SWNZ programme of producing wines. Two red wines each were produced from 2007 onwards in the good years, a Syrah and a Red Blend. The 2010 vintages belong to a once in a 20 year exceptional vintage.

The 0.5 ha plot adjoining Plume Restaurant on Sharp Road was planted in the early 90s and produces a crop of the Italian varietal, Sangiovese – our VERY FIRST SANGIOVESE 2014 IS NOW INTRODUCED BOTH AT THE CELLAR DOOR AND IN THE RESTAURANT.

Additionally a Rose and Pinot Gris were produced from 2011 vintage grapes onwards for easy summer drinking. Also a lightly oaked Chardonnay from 2014 vintage.

The vines are hand tended and no irrigation is used. Runner Duck is committed to Sustainability and Nil Residue in wines. The distinct brand, apart from the fortuitous link with the nationality and historic career of the Runner Duck Estate's owners, reflects the shape of the Indian Runner Duck a breed of duck often linked to the shape of a wine bottle.

Plume House Wine

Plume Sauvignon Blanc 2015 from the Wairau Valley in Marlborough
Bursting with passion fruit, black currant, grapefruit and lemongrass aromas, this wine is a classic Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc. The wine drives across the palate with a refreshing vibrancy of tropical fruits, gooseberry and lemon citrus flavours. The beautiful fragrance of this wine will compliment all sea food!
Runner Duck Rose 2016 Matakana
This vibrantly pink rose is predominantly Syrah based with a small amount of Cabernet Franc. Aromatically the wine is flush with bright red fruits, raspberry and strawberry in particular - yet it carries subtle notes of thyme and oregano that add layers of complexity to the fruit appeal. A silken textured wine that easily compliments many foods, it perhaps sits best with friends enjoying the sunshine on a long, lazy, summer afternoon.
Runner Duck Pinot Gris 2015 Auckland
A luscious and inviting wine with aromas of baked pear, ginger, cinnamon and guava. The icy, fleshy palate highlights its bountiful array of tropical fruit flavours. The sweetness of the fruit dances wonderfully with Asian spice and heat whereas the freshness sings alongside European herbs and sauces.
Runner Duck Chardonnay 2014 Auckland
Attractive and complex bouquet of stonefruit, cashew, hazelnut and fresh baked brioche. An elegant wine with a focussed palate of bright fruit, a creamy richness and an underlying mineral complexity.
The Knight (blend, 2011) Matakana
Ruby hue in colour - soft and mouth filling, layers of underlying complexity, lingering finish.
Runner Duck Black Velvet 2010 Matakana
This unique blend is from an excellent once in many years vintage and is full bodied with a dense garnet colour and lifted dark red fruits, black plum and brambles, cedar and cigar box on the nose. A powerful wine, juicy ripe fruit, finely honed tannins, harmonious with an excellent length and balance on the palette. Great to drink at any time especially so with wild game, fish and spiced meats.
Runner Duck Red 2007 Matakana
Harvested mid-April 2007; 20 months in oak, strawberry and blackberries on the nose, with cherries and mushrooms on the palate. It also has a spiciness, not unlike the Syrah. Firm tannins.
Runner Duck Red 2012vMedium to full bodied, lifted dark red fruit, black plums and brambles. Ready to drink, now!$14$40
Runner Duck Syrah 2012 Matakana
Supple palate, blueberry and mocha notes that lead to a juicy lingering finish, fine grained tannins.
Runner Duck Passion 2013 Matakana
2013 was an even more exceptional year for viticulture! Our full bodied deep ruby red Syrah has vibrant earthy notes while displaying the characteristics of black spice and pepper and aromas of dark red juicy fruit, cassis, blackberry, violets and black olives. Sliky tannis, excellent depth, lingering finish.
Runner Duck Sangiovese 2014 Matakana
From our small block of 20 plus year old Sangiovese vines based on the restaurant plot. A dark purple tinged wine showing classic varietal traits of bright red and black fruits, cedar, cinnamon, and five spice. A palate bursting with wild berry flavours and fine grained tannins wrapped around a classic Sangiovese brightness. Supple and vibrant food wine that will compliment and highlight, a variety of classic dishes.

New Zealand White Wine

Busch 2010 Scarred Hill Riesling Marlborough
A succulent wine in a medium to medium dry style with floral, apricot and citrus flavours. Tangy acidity gives the wine a moderately dry finish. Soft-textured with good flavour purity.

New Zealand Red Wine

Amisfield Pinot Noir 2010
See why Central Otago Pinot is wowing the critics.

New Zealand Sparkling Wines

Arcadia Brut NV (Central Otago)
High quality fizz from the South Island, dry and yeasty.

French Sparkling Wines

Monmousseau Brut Etoile NV
From the Loire valley - fine bubbles, bread like characters, dry yet not acidic finish.
MARECHAL method traditionelle, Brut NV
Blend of chenin blanc and chardonnay. Almond, citrus and pear flavours. Subtle richness with a soft finish.
Available by the glass on weekends only $12$45.00

French Champagne

Champagne Bollinger Special Cuvee NV
A powerful expression of all that makes champagne special, glamorous and exclusive!

European Red Wine

Chateau Carbonneau 1eres Cotes de Bordeaux "Sequoia" 2012 France
A typical blend of Merlot/Cabernet. Sophisticated with uptight structure yet with an enormous charm and soft finish.
Grands Bois Cotes du Rhone 2014 France
Ripe and juicy blend of Grenache/Syrah planted in the heart of the Provence region. Very soft structure.
Vieux Lazaret Chateauneuf du Pape 2012 France
The "Grand Cru" of the Southern Rhone valley. Up to 13 different varieties can be used to make a bottle of Chateauneuf. Textured, flavoursome, structured and with the exuberance of the South of France.
E.Guigal Cote-rotie 2006 France
Perfumed, silky, beautifully balanced and very long. A great example of French Syrah.
Chateau Rauzan Segla 2006 France (Margaux, 2nd Growth)
Lovely perfumed fruit on the nose with an elegant mid-palate and dense, exotic red fruits.
Chateau Figeac 2006 (Saint Emilion) France
Lots of deep exotic fruit on the nose and a very appealing palate. Subtle, elegant and impressive.

European White Wine

Arthur Metz Pinot Gris 2012 France
Pinot Gris belongs to the Alsace! Naturally smoky, a bit of aromatics with stone-fruit characters, creamy texture yet it finishes nearly dry.
Cave de Lugny Macon-Lugny "Les Charmes" 2012 France
Fatter and richer than the above 100% chardonnay with a creaminess on the mid palate yet with a crisp finish.
Seguinot Chablis 2012 (100% Chardonnay) France
Planted on very poor limestone soil which gives the wine a very tight focus and precise texture with a very dry finish.
Arthur Metz Gewurztraminer 2013 France
Spicy and floral, a wonderful rich and smooth wine with enough structure to handle spicy food.

Dessert Wine

Sauternes is the most famous sweet wine Appelation and belongs to the Bordeaux region. Sweet without being cloying and with a refined aftertaste. Superb!
The Laird - Fortified dessert wine
Made from Malbec in the port style


We usually have a range of beers on hand - please ask for the current availability.


COCKBURNS 20 year Tawny$25.00


Pure Matakana grape juice, made from our Syrah and Malbec Grapes – 275 ml bottle – NO ADDITIVES
Fruit Juices$6.00
Normal range of fizzy drinks$6.00

Hot Drinks

flat white, cappuccino, long black mochaccino, mocchiato, decaffeinated
Hot Chocolate$4.00
A range of plain and herbal teas are available.


Gorgeous food – will be back.
Mark & Florence
Wow! We will be back!
Alf & Nadin
First time I have enjoyed my whole meal
You knock spots off the Hilton!! Perfect. Thank you
Most enjoyable day in the sun – food was amazing and the service was A1
Pat and Denise
Truly beyond amazing! We will be back
Andrea & Peter
Fantastic food, great service and beautiful wine
Annamaria & Matt
Fantastic meal, service and smiles! A great place to be!
Darrel, Janet, Erynne, Selkirk and Emma
Fish curry was “divine” – live music created an awesome atmosphere with added friendly wait staff
Errol & Lesley
Great vegetarian food – well done!
Very Impressed
Pure bliss and enjoyment!
Vicki & Lawson
A stunning lunch, we enjoyed it all
Wonderful wine – Runner Duck Red – it was recommended to us and well worth the trip to Matakana