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Waipara

Waipara Hills Waipara Valley Pinot Noir Rose 2016

$134.46
Crisp, bright and lively, perfect for those warm summer evenings.
Tasting Notes
Colour: 
Pale pink
Nose: 
Bright, red berry fruit with notes of watermelon and rose petals.
Palate: 
A touch of sweetness followed by a crisp lively finish with lingering flavours of red berries and cream.
Serve: 
Lightly chilled.
Peak Drinking: 
This wine should be enjoyed young and youthful, but will develop more flavours with cellaring.
Suggested Food Match: 
The perfect aperitif for those warm summer evenings around the barbeque.
Wine Analysis
Alc Vol: 
12.0%
Acidity: 
7.14
Residual Sugar: 
8.0 g/L
Wine Background
Vineyard Region: 
Sourced from the Kimball and Home Block vineyards, in the Waipara Valley, with deep free draining Glasnevin gravels.
Vintage Conditions: 
2016 was a stable and warm season with dry conditions. This allowed the aromatic varieties to slowly develop their flavour, resulting in some spectacular wines.
Grape Variety: 
100% Pinot Noir.
Maturation: 
Stainless steel tanks.
Bronze - New Zealand International Wine Show 2016

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.
Accolades
Silver - Bragato Wine Awards 2017

2015 Waipara Hills Waipara Valley Chardonnay

$0.00
Lovely weight and vibrant fruit intensity are complemented with a background of spice. An enjoyable wine for any occassion.
Tasting Notes
Colour: 
Pale straw.
Nose: 
Lifted nectarine and white peach aromas with a lovely hint of buttered toast.
Palate: 
Succulent stone fruit flavours blend perfectly with a rich mealy mid palate and a long crisp finish.
Serve: 
Slightly chilled.
Peak Drinking: 
2016-2017
Suggested Food Match: 
Pan seared chicken breast in a Caesar Salad.
Wine Analysis
Alc Vol: 
13.5%
Acidity: 
5.95
Wine Background
Vineyard Region: 
Sourced from our Waipara Valley vineyard sites, the free draining gravels of The Home Block and the heavier clay soils of the Dunnolly Vineyard add complexity to our wines.
Vintage Conditions: 
A frost in Spring knocked the vines around but the combination of a small crop and a warm, dry temperatures resulted in fruit of great concentration and depth. Autumn was consistent and we were blessed with fruit of exceptional quality.
Grape Variety: 
Chardonnay
Maturation: 
Combination of French oak barrels and stainless steel tanks.

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.
Accolades
Trophy / Gold - Canterbury Wine Awards 2016
Gold / 5 Star - Dish Magazine
Silver - New Zealand International Wine Show 2016
Silver - Royal Easter Show Wine Awards 2017
Silver - Bragato Wine Awards 2017

Waipara Hills Waipara Valley Pinot Gris 2015

$0.00
Oily and smooth from the first sip, then crisp and dry on the finish. 
Tasting Notes
Colour: 
Pale green / straw.
Nose: 
Aromas of pear, quince and a hint of nougat.
Palate: 
A textured palate of pear, apple and ginger highlighted by a crisp finish.
Serve: 
Lightly chilled as an aperitif.
Peak Drinking: 
2016 - 2017
Suggested Food Match: 
Barbequed prawns with an Asian dipping sauce.
Wine Analysis
Alc Vol: 
13.5%
Acidity: 
6.3
Residual Sugar: 
6.2 g/L
Wine Background
Vineyard Region: 
Sourced from The Mound, Home Block and Deans vineyards of Waipara Valley. The vineyards consist of deep free draining gravel soils, yet on The Mound Vineyard there is a layer of clay across the surface, adding complexity to our wines.
Vintage Conditions: 
A frost in Spring knocked the vines around but the combination of a small crop and a warm, dry summer allowed the grapes to catch up. Followed by a consistent Autumn, the 2015 season produced outstanding fruit that has resulted in a rich and complex wine.
Grape Variety: 
Pinot Gris
Maturation: 
Stainless steel tanks on lees.

2014 Waipara Hills Waipara Valley Chardonnay

$0.00
The stone fruit flavours are balanced with spicy French oak and a touch of butter. This wine is elegant and crisp, yet weighty and multi-layered.
Tasting Notes
Colour: 
Pale straw.
Nose: 
Lifted nectarine and white peach aromas with a lovely hint of buttered toast.
Palate: 
Succulent stone fruit flavours are wonderfully balanced with a rich mealy mid-palate and crisp finish.
Serve: 
Slightly chilled.
Peak Drinking: 
2016 - 2017
Suggested Food Match: 
Pan seared chicken breast in a Caesar Salad.
Wine Analysis
Alc Vol: 
13.5%
Acidity: 
5.95
Wine Background
Vineyard Region: 
Waipara Hills Home Block Vineyard and Dunnolly Vineyard in Waipara Valley.
Vintage Conditions: 
An early bud break exposed the vines for two weeks of extra frost risk, but thankfully Spring was both mild and relatively frost free. The vines eased into the Summer growing season and fruit condition was very good coming into veraison. We experienced some rain mid and late March, but a longer season had produced lower acidity and great flavour ripeness, resulting in fruit of quality.
Grape Variety: 
Chardonnay.
Maturation: 
Machine harvest fruit was cool pressed and settled before going into a cool fermentation. Some juice was transferred to barrels to develop greater complexity, while the majority was transferred to tanks to encourage fruit brightness and definition. The wine was then left on lees and stirred for three months, while it went through MLF.

2015 Waipara Hills Waipara Valley Pinot Noir

$0.00
This bright fresh and generous Pinot Noir has aromas of dark cherry and red currant fruit characters complimented with layers of earth and French oak. This darker flavoured Pinot has firm tannins, yet a silky texture that will delight. 
Tasting Notes
Colour: 
Bright garnet, red
Nose: 
Dark cherry and red currant fruit characters with an enticing earthiness and a hint of French oak.
Palate: 
A burst of rich, dark fruit unfolds to savoury oak and a structured finish.
Serve: 
At room temperature.
Peak Drinking: 
This wine is made to be really enjoyable young, but will develop and become more complex over the coming years.
Suggested Food Match: 
Slow cooked Spanish lamb finished with saffron, smoked paprika and garlic.
Wine Analysis
Alc Vol: 
13.0%
Acidity: 
6.45
Wine Background
Vineyard Region: 
88% Waipara Valley, 6% Marlborough, 7% Central Otago
Vintage Conditions: 
A frost in Spring reduced crops and delayed the start of the season. Thankfully, a bright and warm summer followed, allowing the vines to catch up and produce a darker flavoured Pinot Noir than what we typically see from our Waipara vineyards. Calm weather in Autumn provided great harvest conditions.
Grape Variety: 
100% Pinot Noir
Maturation: 
Selection of French oak barrels and stainless steel tanks.

2015 Waipara Hills Waipara Valley Riesling

$0.00
With bold flavours and richness, this wine is a winner this season. 
Tasting Notes
Colour: 
Pale green.
Nose: 
Bursting with red apple, lime and madarin aromas with a touch of ginger spice.
Palate: 
Flavours of red apple, rich mandarin and grapefruit pith. A bold and rich style of Riesling which delivers a crisp and lingering finish.
Serve: 
Chilled in a generous glass.
Peak Drinking: 
2016 - 2018
Suggested Food Match: 
Delicious with barbequed pork marinated in lime juice.
Wine Analysis
Alc Vol: 
12.0%
Acidity: 
8.6
Residual Sugar: 
14.7g/L
Wine Background
Vineyard Region: 
Sourced 100% 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: 
A frost in Spring knocked the vines around but the combination of a small crop and a warm, dry temperatures resulted in fruit of great concentration and depth. Autumn was consistent and we were blessed with fruit of exceptional quality.
Grape Variety: 
Riesling
Maturation: 
Stainless steel tanks.

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.
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