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News

Waipara Hills receives an abundance of stars from March Winestate tasting.

Waipara Hills has received a number of fantastic results following the March Winestate magazine tasting, for four 2013 vintage wines.

The 2013 Waipara Hills Equinox Waipara Valley Riesling received a highly acclaimed 4.5 stars. This is the second time 4.5 stars have been awarded to this wine, since its release just last month.

The Equinox wine range is produced in limited quantities by Waipara Hills.  All fruit is handpicked from single vineyards and grown locally in the Waipara Valley.

Waipara Hills Pinot Gris - 93 points and 5 stars

The 2013 Waipara Hills Waipara Valley Pinot Gris has just received 5 stars and 93 points in the latest Sam Kim from Wineorbit.co.nz tasting.

“Reaching the ‘outstanding’ category to receive 5 stars is something we constantly strive for”, said Waipara Hills Winemaker; Simon McGeorge. “To be acknowledged so soon after releasing this wine is a great feeling,” Simon said.

4.5 stars for 2013 Equinox Waipara Valley Riesling

Waipara Hills received 4.5 stars for the 2013 Equinox Waipara Valley Riesling, in the March 2014 issue of Cuisine. The wine is due to be released at the cellar door later this month and we are excited to launch, with a notable 4.5 stars behind us!

The Cuisine panel was quoted saying, “You’d expect balance from a wine called Equinox, and that’s exactly what you get here – sweet highlights anchored to a well-defined structure. Mandarin, lime, baked apple and wet-stone notes contribute to an impressive flavour profile”.

Trio of Silver Medals for Waipara Hills at Air New Zealand Wine Awards.

Waipara Hills received a fantastic three silver medals, at the 2013 Air New Zealand Wine Awards. The three award winners were; 2013 Waipara Hills Waipara Valley Pinot Gris, 2013 Waipara Hills Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc and the 2012 Waipara Hills Waipara Valley Chardonnay.

A great result for three outstanding wines!  Waipara Hills contributes its success to the combined efforts of Winemaker, Simon McGeorge and Waipara Viticulturist, Jean-Luc Dufour.

Waipara Hills shines with three Silver Medals at IWSC (UK)

Results have been announced for the 2013 International Wine & Spirits Competition (IWSC UK) and we're delighted to have received Silver medals for 2012 Waipara Hills Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc, 2012 Waipara Hills Central Otago Pinot Noir and 2012 Equinox Waipara Valley Sauvignon Blanc. The IWSC was founded in 1969 and is widely considered to be the most prestigious independent competition of its type in the world. There are two rigorous stages of judging. A professional blind tasting of wines, followed by a detailed chemical and microbiological analysis.

Join us at Taste Waipara

Taste Waipara

We're excited to be part of Taste Waipara.  Join us and other producers from the Waipara Valley for a boutique wine tasting experience at Christchurch Casino 17 September. Tickets are limited and only available at www.tastewaipara.co.nz.

Jean-Luc Dufour awarded Pure Gold and more at 2013 Bragato Awards

Big congratulations to our Vineyard Manager, Jean-Luc Dufour, who was awarded Pure Gold and a swag of bronzes at this year’s Bragato Awards!

The Bragato Wine Awards, held each year as part of the Romeo Bragato Conference, are awarded to the grower for viticultural excellence. The competition recognises that growing excellent grapes is the foundation of making wines of true quality.

The competition had 495 entries with 51 gold medals, 107 silver and 181 bronze medals being awarded.

PURE GOLD
2012 Equinox Sauvignon Blanc 

Two Golds from prestigious Canadian Wine Awards

We're delighted to announce two Gold Medals at the 2013 Selections Mondiales des Vins competition held in Canada.

The results:

GOLD - 2011 Waipara Hills Waipara Valley Pinot Gris

GOLD - 2011 Waipara Hills Central Otago Pinot Noir

The 2013 competition recieved over 1700 entries from 34 different countries. To see the full list of results visit www.smvcanada.ca/

Capturing the Soul of the South - Equinox Release

How does one capture the Soul of the South? By producing a special limited edition range of premium wines that uniquely represent the North Canterbury wine region Waipara Valley.

Equinox by Waipara Hills is proud to announce the new vintage release of its range including 2012 Sauvignon Blanc and Riesling, 2011 Pinot Noir, and a new variety in the Equinox range – the 2012 Waipara Hills Equinox Chardonnay. 

Marlborough Harvest 2013

Marlborough Harvest 2013

It was a great season in Marlborough with below average rainfall and higher than average growing degree days (the average daily temperature minus 10 added together) and average wind run. Crops were mostly in the optimum cropping range to suit the vineyard. This meant that quality was maximised with good healthy canopies through to harvest with great flavour development and ripening. 

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