Wine List

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 2013 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.

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.
JOY Sparkling Rose, Matakana
Bottle fermented in the Methode Traditionelle style. Playful in colour and bursting with flavours of summer fruits and fresh baked bread, JOY is a wine for sharing and celebrating!
50.0013.00 (weekends only)
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 Rose 2019, Matakana
Elegantly fragrant, lower alcohol wine with sweet red berry fruits and rose petal aromas. Creamy fresh strawberry and raspberry flavours with a lovely long moreish finish!
Runner Duck Chardonnay 2019, Matakana
Ripe citrus and orange blossom, white peach aromatics – the palate has dense fleshy white peach, nectarine and cashew flavours.
Runner Duck Albarino 2018, Matakana
Lifted varietal aromas of citrus blossom, white peach and lime with an alluring spiced note of crystallised ginger! Palate is dry with a lovely natural fruit sweetness that compliments the juicy acidity that runs through the stonefruit & citrus flavours
Plume Sauvignon Blanc 2016, Wairau Valley 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! (Plume House Wine)
Runner Duck Passion (Syrah) 2014, Matakana
Black doris plum, cardamom, black pepper and dark cocoa on the
nose. Opulent ripe fruit and fragrant
dark spice on the palate.
Runner Duck Black Velvet 2014, Matakana (Blend)
Classic dark red from an exceptional year! Traditional French varieties exhibit cassis/blackberry, cedar and cigar box, spice. Notes of anise with a beguiling minerality and lovely interplay of Tannins
Runner Duck Sangiovese 2015, Matakana
Violets, black doris plum, sweet roasted cocoa on the nose –Dark fruited and savoury spiced on the palate!
Runner Duck Red 2012
A dense, dark, blood-red wine with classic aromas of cassis, dark chocolate and spice.
The Knight (Blend) 2011, Matakana
Ruby hue in colour, soft and mouth filling - layers of underlying complexity
with a lingering finish.

Runner Duck - Older Vintages

Runner Duck Red (Blend), 2007
Strawberry and blackberries on the nose, cherries and mushrooms on the palate. Spicy with a firm palate.
Runner Duck Red (Blend), 2009
Barrel-aged blend of Cabernet Franc, Merlot, Malbec, Petit Verdot and Pinotage. Vibrant black currant, plum and spice flavours tinged with sweet oak.
Runner Duck Black Velvet 2013
Unique Bordeaux style blend from an exceptional year. Cabernet Franc, Merlot, Malbec. Full bodied, dense garnet colour, lifted dark fruits. A powerful wine with honed tannins, excellent length and balance.
Runner Duck Chardonnay 2018Ripe citrus and orange blossom, white peach aromatics – the palate has dense fleshy peach, nectarine and cashew flavours.70.00
Runner Duck Sangiovese, 2014
Dark purple tinged wine, classic varietal traits of bright red and black fruits, cinnamon and five spice. Palate bursting with wild berry flavours and fine grained tannins.

New Zealand 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.
Amisfield Pinot Noir 2018
Central Otago

French Red Wine (Rhone Valley)

Cuvee Du Vatican, Châteauneuf Du Pape, 2016
Grenache/Syrah/Mourvedre. Generous mouth filling black fruits on the palate with hints of liquorice, toasted spice and smooth tannins.
Louis Belle Crozes-Hermitage Pierrelles 2016
Syrah – hits the palate with a rounded, supple, elegant texture that carries terrific depth and richness. A beautiful CROZES!
Clos des Cazaux Vacqueyras, cuvee des Templiers, 2016
Black cherry, blackberry, blueberry flavours. Explosive fruit tannings give the sweet, creamy flavours structure and focus.
Vieux Lazaret Châteauneuf du Pape 2016 France
The "Grand Cru" of the Southern Rhone valley. Up to 13 different varieties can be used to make a bottle of Châteauuneuf. Textured, flavoursome, structured and with the exuberance of the South of France.

French Red Wine (Bordeaux Region)

Murmure de Larchis Ducasse, St Emilion, Grand Cru, 2012
Fun, flashy, plum cake, boysenberry/blueberry flavours with a bolt of anise holding the ripe, open-knit finish (Merlot/Cabernet Franc)
Château de la Cour, St Emilion, Grand Cru, 2015
Fresh red fruit aromas with a touch of spice, well balance structure, woody finish (Merlot/Cabernet Franc)
Château Moncets, Lalande de Pomerol, 2014
Aromas of red fruit and subtly spiced peppermint notes – well balanced and smooth on the palate (Merlot/Cabernet Franc/Cabernet Sauvignon)
Château Carbonneau, 1eres Côtes "Sequoia" 2016
Upright structure with an enormous charm and soft finish (Merlot/Cabernet)

French Red Wine (Burgundy - Pinot Noir)

Joblot Givry, 1er Cru, "Cellier aux Moines", 2016
Plush, spicy and balanced with endless charm and finesse from a rocky, limestone rich parcel. A STUNNER!
David Moreau, Côte de Beaune Villages, 2016
Vivacious red cherry/kirsch scented bouquet that is vibrant and showy. Medium-bodied palate with fine tannins
Vincent Girardin Bourgogne 2014
A pleasant wine – fruity, flesh and ample. Juicy with some walnut, a bit of earth and tobacco – a slight dryness on the finish.

French White Wine

Arthur Metz Pinot Gris 2018

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-Village 2018
Chardonnay with a creaminess on the mid palate and a crisp finish.
Seguinot Chablis 2018 (100% Chardonnay)

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 2018

Spicy and floral, a wonderful rich and smooth wine with enough structure to handle spicy food.

Dessert Wine

Château Villefranch, Sauternes (France)
Sauternes is the most famous sweet wine appelation and belongs to the Bordeaux region. Sweet without being cloying and with a refined aftertaste. Superb!
60.00 (375ml)22.00
Lheraud Cognac Cuvée 10
An extremely well balanced Cognac thanks to its origins in the Petit Champagne cru.
The Laird - Mangawhai
Fortified dessert wine


We generally have Heineken, Heineken Light and Speights
Sawmill Craft Beer14.00


20 Year Tawny24.00


Runner Duck Grape Juice
Pure Matakana grape juice, made from our Syrah and Malbec Grapes – 275 ml bottle – NO ADDITIVES
Fruit Juices7.00
Normal range of fizzy drinks7.00

Hot Drinks

Flat white, cappuccino, long black mochaccino, macchiato, decaffeinated
Hot Chocolate4.50
A range of plain and herbal teas are available

Runner Duck | Cellar Door at Plume

BottleCase (12)
Black Velvet 201450.00400.00
Passion 201445.00380.00
Sangiovese 201540.00380.00
Red 201228.00240.00
Knight 2011 28.00240.00
Pinot Gris 201538.00380.00
Chardonnay 201938.00380.00
Albarino 201838.00380.00
Rosé 201930.00300.00
Joy (Méthode)40.00360.00

Mixed case of 6: 10% discount on bottle price
Mixed case of 12: 15% discount on bottle price
Buy online from Runner Duck Cellar Door


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