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Waipara Hills Equinox

2015 Waipara Hills Equinox Waipara Valley Chardonnay

$188.46
Elegant and well balanced with layers of stone fruit flavours that linger on the palate.
Tasting Notes
Colour: 
Golden straw
Nose: 
Fresh and complex with elegant stone fruit and a touch of smoky oak.
Palate: 
Powerful and weighty, yet retaining fresh acidity. The wine unfolds along the palate with ripe white peach, nectarine and rich brioche.
Serve: 
Slightly chilled in a generous glass.
Peak Drinking: 
2017 - 2021
Suggested Food Match: 
Chicken and sage ravioli in a creamy sauce.
Wine Analysis
Alc Vol: 
13.5%
Acidity: 
6.45
Wine Background
Vineyard Region: 
The Home Block vineyard in the Waipara Valley, with Glasnevin loam soils over gravels.
Vintage Conditions: 
Frost about a month into the growing season knocked the vines back, affecting the yields. Thankfully the combination of small crops and a warm dry summer created ideal conditions to ripen the fruit quickly and produce very intense flavours. With warm autumn conditions prevailing, the fruit was harvested in perfect condition.
Grape Variety: 
Chardonnay
Maturation: 
9 months in 100% French oak barriques and puncheons, 20% new.

2015 Waipara Hills Equinox Waipara Valley Riesling

$188.46
Racy and vibrant, this wine has a rich mouth-feel and is sure to become a favourite for the Cellar.
Tasting Notes
Colour: 
Pale green.
Nose: 
Tahitian lime, mandarin and floral notes.
Palate: 
Wonderfully intense citrus fruit flavours deliver a crisp and lingering finish.
Serve: 
Slightly chilled in a large glass.
Peak Drinking: 
2016-2020
Suggested Food Match: 
Perfect with spicy dishes or as an aperitif.
Wine Analysis
Alc Vol: 
11.5%
Acidity: 
8.9
Residual Sugar: 
23 g/L
Wine Background
Vineyard Region: 
The Mound Vineyard, Waipara Valley.
Vintage Conditions: 
Frost about a month into the growing season knocked the vines back, affecting the yields. Thankfully the combination of small crops and a warm dry summer created ideal conditions to ripen the fruit quickly and produce very intense flavours. With warm autumn conditions prevailing, the fruit was harvested in perfect condition.
Grape Variety: 
Riesling

Waipara Hills Equinox Waipara Valley Pinot Noir 2014

$188.46
Hand picked from The Mound Vineyard in the Waipara Valley. This Pinot Noir is rich and dense with dark brooding fruit and spice notes. 
Tasting Notes
Colour: 
Purple garnet
Nose: 
Juicy red berries, spice, rich cocoa and freshly dug earth.
Palate: 
Nicely textured, rich and complex flavours of sweet red berries. A really elegant structure which fills the mouth with ripe fruit tannin and lingers long after the wine's gone.
Serve: 
At room temperature.
Peak Drinking: 
This wine will continue to develop over the next 10 years
Suggested Food Match: 
Serve with roasted lamb or duck.
Wine Analysis
Alc Vol: 
13%
Acidity: 
6.37
Wine Background
Vineyard Region: 
Hand picked from The Mound vineyard in the Waipara Valley, where there is a layer of clay across the soil surface which adds complexity to our wines.
Vintage Conditions: 
The cool spring slowed the start of the season, but a warm and stable summer gave the best possible conditions for fruit and flavour development. Some rain at the start of the harvest period slowed things down, but didn't affect the overall quality.
Grape Variety: 
Pinot Noir
Maturation: 
9 months in French oak barriques. 30% new.
Accolades
5 Star and Best Buy - Cuisine Magazine

2015 Waipara Hills Equinox Pinot Gris

$188.46
Hand picked from the Home Block vineyard in the Waipara Valley. A rich and textural Pinot Gris that continues to open up wonderfully with time in the glass.
Tasting Notes
Colour: 
Pale yellow
Nose: 
Fresh cut pear, nougat, red apple and quince with a touch of nutty oak.
Palate: 
Weighty and oily from the first sip, balanced with a fresh and clean finish. Flavours of ripe pear, nougat and quince.
Serve: 
Lightly chilled.
Peak Drinking: 
2017-2022
Suggested Food Match: 
A versatile wine, perfect with pan fried prawns and garlic butter.
Wine Analysis
Alc Vol: 
14.5%
Acidity: 
6.8
Residual Sugar: 
4.8
Wine Background
Vineyard Region: 
Handpicked from the Home Block vineyard in the Waipara Valley with Glasnevin loam soils over gravel.
Vintage Conditions: 
A major frost about a month into the growing season knocked the vines back, affecting the yields. Thankfully the combination of small crops and a warm dry summer created ideal conditions to ripen the fruit quickly and produce very intense flavours. With warm autumn conditions prevailing, the fruit was harvested in perfect condition.
Grape Variety: 
Pinot Gris
Maturation: 
Whole bunch pressed, then cold settled for two days before racking to barrels and puncheons for fermentation over four weeks. The barrels were topped, left over the winter months, then stirred weekly in the spring to promote texture. The barrels were assessed and the blend fined using traditional methods prior to bottling.

2015 Waipara Hills Equinox Sauvignon Blanc

$188.46
This wine is beautifully balanced with rich texture and vibrant, yet complex flavours. 
Tasting Notes
Colour: 
Pale green.
Nose: 
Crisp stone fruit fresh off the tree with a touch of smoky oak.
Palate: 
Rich, mouth-filling flavours of nectarine and white peach flood the palate, balanced with mineral acidity and a lingering finish.
Serve: 
Slightly chilled.
Peak Drinking: 
2017 - 2021
Suggested Food Match: 
Fresh shellfish or pan fried fish.
Wine Analysis
Alc Vol: 
13.5%
Acidity: 
9.8
Wine Background
Vineyard Region: 
The Mound Vineyard of the Waipara Valley with Glasnevin loam soils over gravels.
Vintage Conditions: 
Frost about a month into the growing season knocked the vines back, affecting the yields. Thankfully the combination of small crops and a warm dry summer created ideal conditions to ripen the fruit quickly and produce very intense flavours. With warm autumn conditions prevailing, the fruit was harvested in perfect condition.
Grape Variety: 
Sauvignon Blanc.
Maturation: 
6 months in 100% French oak barriques, 15% new.

Waipara Hills Equinox Waipara Valley Pinot Noir 2013

$0.00
Hand picked from The Mound Vineyard in the Waipara Valley. This is a refined Pinot Noir with bright red berry and doris plum aromas which lead to a textured and complex palate of cherries and spice. The epitome of elegance, this wine fills the mouth with ripe fruit tannin and lingers long after the wine is gone.
Tasting Notes
Colour: 
Purple garnet.
Nose: 
Bright cherry and doris plum, five spice and freshly dug earth.
Palate: 
Nicely textured, rich and complex flavours of cherry and spice. A really elegant structure which fills the mouth with ripe fruit tannin and lingers long after the wine's gone.
Serve: 
At room temperature in a large, generous glass.
Peak Drinking: 
10+ years.
Suggested Food Match: 
Beautiful with lamb, duck or roasted meats.
Wine Analysis
Alc Vol: 
13.5%
Acidity: 
6.32
Residual Sugar: 
3.58
Wine Background
Vineyard Region: 
The Mound Vineyard, Waipara Valley
Vintage Conditions: 
A cool summer delayed the ripening, which helped to retain the acidity and allowed the aromatics time to fully develop. When the warm, stable weather in autumn finally arrived, it saved the day by allowing the fruit to finish ripening; it was harvested in great condition.
Grape Variety: 
100% Pinot Noir
Maturation: 
100% Barrel maturation

2014 Waipara Hills Equinox Waipara Valley Chardonnay

$0.00
Handpicked solely from The Home Block Vineyard in the Waipara Valley. This elegant Chardonnay unfolds along the palate with white ripe peach, spicy oak, rich brioche and fresh acidity to complement.
Tasting Notes
Colour: 
Pale green with a touch of straw.
Nose: 
Elegant white peach, rich mealy flavours along with classy smoky oak. Fresh and complex.
Palate: 
Powerful and weighty, yet retaining fresh acidity. The wine unfolds along the palate as you find the fruit, the spicy oak and the rich brioche. The acidity at the finish leaves the mouth salivating for the next sip.
Serve: 
Slightly chilled in a generous glass.
Peak Drinking: 
2016 - 2020
Suggested Food Match: 
Very versatile food match; we suggest pairing with chicken, preserved lemons and capers.
Wine Analysis
Alc Vol: 
13.5%
Acidity: 
6.5
Residual Sugar: 
3.5
Wine Background
Vineyard Region: 
100% from The Home Block Vineyard of the Waipara Valley.
Vintage Conditions: 
A long cool growing season created some fantastic conditions for aromatic styles of wine. The cooler conditions also produced fantastic texture in the Chardonnay juice, which as resulted in a really elegant, yet rich wine.
Grape Variety: 
100% Chardonnay.
Maturation: 
Barrel fermented in French oak.

Waipara Hills Equinox Sauvignon Blanc 2014

$0.00
Vibrant and complex, a wine that beautifully shows the class of The Mound Vineyard in a cooler year.
Tasting Notes
Colour: 
Pale green.
Nose: 
Crisp stone fruit straight off the tree with a touch of smoky oak.
Palate: 
Rich, mouth filling flavours of nectarines and white peach flood the palate balanced with mineral acidity and a lingering finish.
Serve: 
Slightly chilled.
Peak Drinking: 
2016 - 2020
Suggested Food Match: 
Shellfish or pan fried fish.
Wine Analysis
Alc Vol: 
13.0
Acidity: 
8
Residual Sugar: 
-
Wine Background
Vineyard Region: 
Sourced from The Mound Vineyard of the Waipara Valley with Glasnevin loam soils over gravels.
Vintage Conditions: 
Bud burst was two weeks early and Summer was cool resulting in a long growing season. The cooler conditions produced bright aromatics and fantastic texture in the Sauvignon Blanc and fruit was harvested in perfect condition. Harvest date: 13 April 2014.
Grape Variety: 
Sauvignon Blanc
Maturation: 
9 months in 100% French oak barriques, 10% new and 44% puncheons.

Waipara Hills Equinox Waipara Valley Chardonnay 2013

$0.00

Handpicked soley from The Home Block Vineyard in the Waipara Valley. This Chardonnay showcases the vibrancy of the vineyard along with the complexity of fine winemaking. Aromas of lemon curd and hazelnuts, with a nicely weighted yet crisp finish. Elegant flavours of white peach combined with nougat and spice deliver a wine to enjoy as it unfolds over a meal.

Tasting Notes
Colour: 
Pale yellow
Nose: 
Lemon curd and hazelnuts; nicely mealy and slightly buttery
Palate: 
White peach and citrus flavours on the first sip, nicely weighted and smmoth with fresh acidity giving a tight finish
Serve: 
Slightly chilled in a large, generous glass.
Peak Drinking: 
Now and 10 years plus
Suggested Food Match: 
Barbequed pork loin or crispy chicken
Wine Analysis
Alc Vol: 
13.22%
Acidity: 
7.73 g/L
Residual Sugar: 
0.5 g/L
Wine Background
Vineyard Region: 
100% The Home Block Vineyard, Waipara Valley
Vintage Conditions: 
A beautifully warm and calm growing season produced fruit in perfect condition. The stable Autumn, allowed us to harvest this fruit at just the right time to get full flavour and ripeness and fruit expression
Grape Variety: 
100% Chardonnay
Maturation: 
Barrel fermented

Waipara Hills Equinox Waipara Valley Pinot Noir 2012

$0.00

Hand picked from The Mound Vineyard in the Waipara Valley. This refined Pinot Noir with wild berry, chocolate, smoky oak aromas and vibrant forest fruits. Bright fruit spice and enticing oak flavours on the palate make this the perfect accompaniment to roasted meats. Serve at room temperature in a generous glass.

Tasting Notes
Colour: 
Garnet red
Nose: 
Wile berries, cherries and chocolate with five spice and a touch of smoky oak.
Palate: 
Vibrant forest fruits, a touch of spice and enticing oak flavours flow through the mouth. The tannin structure is tight yet keeps the wine tight and fresh.
Serve: 
Room temperature in a large, generous glass.
Peak Drinking: 
10 years +
Suggested Food Match: 
Beautiful with lamb, duck or roasted meats.
Wine Analysis
Alc Vol: 
13.0%
Acidity: 
6.32 g/L
Residual Sugar: 
1.0 g/L
Wine Background
Vineyard Region: 
The Mound Vineyard, Waipara Valley
Vintage Conditions: 
A cool summer delayed the ripening, which helped to retain the acidity and allowed the aromatics time to fully develop. When the warm, stable weather in autumn finally arrived, it saved the day by allowing the fruit to finish ripening; it was harvested in great condition.
Grape Variety: 
100% Pinot Noir
Maturation: 
100% Barrel maturation
Accolades
PURE BRONZE - Air NZ Wine Awards 2013 [NZ]
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