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Waipara

Waipara Hills Equinox Waipara Valley Sauvignon Blanc 2013

$0.00

Hand picked solely from The Mound Vineyard in the Waipara Valley. This is a complex oaked Sauvignon Blanc displaying fresh peach and nectarine; a touch of grapefruit and slightly flinty, smokey aromas. A wonderfully textured wine with rich sweet fruit flavours on the front palate and a clean, focused finish. Serve chilled with crayfish or pan fried snapper.

Tasting Notes
Colour: 
Pale green
Nose: 
Flinty, slighly smokey with pineapple and nectarine characters.
Palate: 
Wonderfully textured for a dry wine with rich, sweet fruit on the front palate followed by vibrant, clean acid on the finish. Fresh peach and nectarine flavours flow around the mouth, finishing with a touch of grapefruit.
Serve: 
Slightly chilled in a large glass.
Peak Drinking: 
2015-2018
Suggested Food Match: 
Shellfish or pan fried fish
Wine Analysis
Alc Vol: 
13.0%
Acidity: 
8.16 g/L
Residual Sugar: 
1.5 g/L
Wine Background
Vineyard Region: 
100% The Mound 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, allowing for full flavour ripeness and fruit expression.
Grape Variety: 
100% Sauvignon Blanc
Maturation: 
Barrel fermented

2013 Waipara Hills EQUINOX Waipara Valley Pinot Gris 2013

$0.00

Hand picked soley from The Home Block Vineyard in the Waipara Valley. Lovers of textural, rich Pinot Gris will be rewarded with notes of quince, ginger and magnolia flowers; followed by ripe pear, nougat and nutty flavours. Crisp acidity keeps the wine balance with a fresh and clean finish. Best served slightly chilled with rich Asian dishes such as Peking Duck.

Tasting Notes
Colour: 
Fresh straw
Nose: 
Rich quince, pear, magnolia flowers and ginger spice.
Palate: 
Weighty and rich from the first sip. There's enough crisp acidity to keep the wine balanced, whilst being fresh and clean on the finish. Pear, nougat and spicy/nutty flavours.
Serve: 
Slightly chilled in a large glass
Peak Drinking: 
2015 - 2018
Suggested Food Match: 
Peking Duck
Wine Analysis
Alc Vol: 
13.5
Acidity: 
6.24 g/L
Residual Sugar: 
7 g/L
Wine Background
Vineyard Region: 
The Mound 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 ripeness and fruit expression.
Grape Variety: 
100% Pinot Gris
Accolades
4.5 Stars - Recommended by Cuisine

2013 Waipara Hills Equinox Waipara Valley Riesling

$0.00

Hand picked solely from The Mound Vineyard in the Waipara Valley. This Riesling delights with aromas of Tahitian lime, elder flowers, nougat and hints of crushed stone. Lifted and perfumed, the sweetness and sprighty acidity meld perfectly leaving crisp grapefruit finish, Perfect as an apertif with juicy melon wrapped in pancetta.

Tasting Notes
Colour: 
Pale green
Nose: 
Tahitian lime, elder flowers, nougat and a hint of crushed stone
Palate: 
The sweetness and the sprightly acidity paly off each other until the finish when your left with a crisp grapefruit flavour.
Serve: 
Slightly chilled in a large glass
Peak Drinking: 
2015 - 2018
Suggested Food Match: 
Melon wrapped in pancetta.
Wine Analysis
Alc Vol: 
12.5%
Acidity: 
7.92 g/L
Residual Sugar: 
17.3 g/L
Wine Background
Vineyard Region: 
Mound 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 ripeness and fruit expression
Grape Variety: 
100% Riesling
Maturation: 
Stainless Steel Fermentation

2013 Waipara Hills Waipara Valley Pinot Noir

$0.00

The nose displays spicy, rich cocoa, juicy red berries and earthy aromas. Rich in colour; dense and ripe fruits fill the mouth; alongside earthy savoury flavours from the oak. Firm tannins and fresh acidity give this stunning Pinot Noir good structure and length. This wine is dedicated to Murray Walter, who was involved in planting the first vines at Home Block Vineyard, in recognition of more than 15 years' service 'through every weather change from a freezing cold Southerly to roasting Nor'Wester".

Tasting Notes
Colour: 
Garnet with purple hues.
Nose: 
Earthy, juicy red berries, spice and rich cocoa.
Palate: 
Sweet red fruit fills the mouth with fresh acidity and firm tannins which gives it structure and length.
Serve: 
At room temperature.
Peak Drinking: 
Now, but will cellar up until 2015-2017
Suggested Food Match: 
Lamb or wild game with roasted mushrooms.
Wine Analysis
Alc Vol: 
13.6%
Acidity: 
7.4 g/L
Residual Sugar: 
0.16 g/L
Wine Background
Vineyard Region: 
80% Waipara Valley, 20% Central Otago
Vintage Conditions: 
The cool spring slowed down 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 didnt affect the overall quality.
Grape Variety: 
100% Pinot Noir
Maturation: 
Matured mainly in tank with oak staves

2012 Waipara Hills Waipara Valley Riesling

$0.00
Sourced from The Mound Vineyard in the Waipara Valley, this Riesling shows inviting aromas of melon, fresh cut apples, a hint of honey and fresh ginger. A rich mouth filling palate combines with crisp acidity for a refreshing finish. This wine is dedicated to Jean-Luc Dufour who started planting our Waipara vineyards in 1994 and has looked after them ever since; helping us make some wonderful wines, just like the one in this bottle. Santé!
Tasting Notes
Colour: 
Pale yellow.
Nose: 
Fresh cut apple, melon, lime, honey and fresh ginger.
Palate: 
The wine is rish and mouth filling, with lovely crisp acidity. Persistent and refreshing.
Serve: 
Lightly chilled
Peak Drinking: 
2013-2020
Wine Analysis
Alc Vol: 
12.6%
Acidity: 
9.33 g/L
Residual Sugar: 
16.95 g/L
Wine Background
Vineyard Region: 
100% The Mound Vineyard, Waipara Valley
Vintage Conditions: 
A cool summer delayed the ripening much later than normal, which helped to retain the acidity and allowed the aromatics to develop fully. When the warm, stable weather in autumn finally arrived, it saved the day and allowed the fruit to finish ripening and be harvested in great condition.
Grape Variety: 
100% Riesling
Maturation: 
Mostly machine harvested, cool pressed, settled and fermented in stainless steel tanks. The ferments were stopped when the wine was balance and then left cold and un-sulphured for over a month so the yeast could naturally settle and the flavours could develop.

Waipara Hills Waipara Valley Pinot Noir 2012

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A bright fresh Pinot Noir with lifted cherry, earth and spice characters. The palate is juicy starting with sweet red fruit flavours followed by balanced acidity and persistent structure.
Tasting Notes
Colour: 
Medium density with ruby and purple hues.
Nose: 
Bright cherry and brambly fruit with subtle, savoury oak. Bright and juicy.
Palate: 
Sweet red fruit on the first sip, nice acid balance and structure.
Serve: 
At room temperature.
Peak Drinking: 
Now - 2017
Suggested Food Match: 
Lamb, wild game or slow roasted mushrooms.
Wine Analysis
Alc Vol: 
13.0%
Acidity: 
6.2 g/L
Residual Sugar: 
0.5 g/L
Wine Background
Vineyard Region: 
85% Waipara Valley 15% Central Otago
Vintage Conditions: 
A cool summer delayed the ripening much later than normal, which helped to retain the acidity and allowed the aromatics to develop fully. When the warm, stable weather in autumn finally arrived, it saved the day and allowed the fruit to finish ripening and be harvested in great condition.
Grape Variety: 
100% Pinot Noir
Maturation: 
Matured mainly in tank with oak staves.

Mud House Estate 'The Home Block' Waipara Valley Pinot Gris 2013

$145.26
This Single Vineyard Pinot Gris is sourced from our very own Home Block Vineyard in the Waipara Valley. The vineyard was established in 1994 on free draining alluvial soils that offer little fertility and along with Waipara's long cool growing season, provide perfect conditions for making world class Pinot Gris. Richly aromatic nuances of quince, ripe pear and subtle five spice lead into a palate full of elegant flavour, unctuous phenolics and marvellous length.
Tasting Notes
Colour: 
Straw yellow with a delicate pink hue
Nose: 
Richly aromatic with notes of quince, ripe pear and a hint of cardamom spice.
Palate: 
Full and rich, showing yellow peach and spicy notes. The succulent and generous mouth feel is given structure and balance by the beautifully ripe phenolics. The dry finish is long, elegant and mouth watering.
Serve: 
Chilled
Peak Drinking: 
Now, and will continue to develop for 3-5 years
Suggested Food Match: 
Roast chicken with Tarragon.
Wine Analysis
Alc Vol: 
14.2%
Acidity: 
6 g/L
Residual Sugar: 
3.5 g/L
Wine Background
Vineyard Region: 
Mud House Home Block Vineyard in the Waipara Valley.
Vintage Conditions: 
The Waipara harvest started in good time, 28th March, bang on Easter. The old timers in Waipara have a saying that harvest always happens around Easter, regardless of when it falls. The cool Spring slowed down the start of the season, but a warm and stable summer gave the best possible conditions for the fruit and flavour development. Crop weights were on the lighter side for all varietals but the flavours, general sweetness and solid acidity were impressive.
Grape Variety: 
100% Pinot Gris
Maturation: 
100% Stainless Steel Fermentation

Waipara Hills Waipara Gewurztraminer 2010

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Sourced from the Waipara Valley this Gewurtraminer has perfumed notes of rose water and feijoa. Fermented in both tank and barrel, the flavoured palate has medium weight and displays rich Turkish delight flavours, lasting long after the wine is gone.

Tasting Notes
Colour: 
Pale gold
Nose: 
Rose water, perfume and feijoa
Palate: 
Medium weight, yet with lovely rich flavours of feijoa and field flowers
Serve: 
Chilled
Peak Drinking: 
This wine was intended to be enjoyed young, vibrant and fresh
Wine Analysis
Alc Vol: 
14.0%
Acidity: 
6.0 g/L
Residual Sugar: 
15 g/L
Wine Background
Vineyard Region: 

Waipara Valley

Vintage Conditions: 
<p>A cooler summer delayed the start of harvest, but a stable, warm Autumn delivered perfect fruit.</p>
Grape Variety: 
<p>100% Gewurztraminer</p>
Maturation: 
<p>Fermented both in tanks and barrels</p>

Waipara Hills Equinox Late Harvest Riesling NV

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Clover honey, pineapple, vanilla pod and dried apricot aromas lead to a rich decadent sweet spectrum of flavours with a hint of oak. Fresh acidity and lingering flavours make this luscious wine seem remarkably fresh and light. This wine is really over the top. Decadent, rich sweetnes. Intense lifted fruit. Bold and structured acidity. A small amount goes a long way, yet lingering flavours really get you coming back for another try.

Tasting Notes
Colour: 
Rich gold.
Nose: 
Dried apricots, pineapple, clover honey, vanilla pod and a touch of spice.
Palate: 
Undeniably decadent and rich, yet the acidity keeps it fresh and alive. Mouth-coating fruit is followed by acidity making a heavy wine seem a lot lighter and fresh.
Serve: 
Slightly chilled
Peak Drinking: 
Cellaring 10 years +
Suggested Food Match: 
Lemon Sorbet
Wine Analysis
Alc Vol: 
11.0%
Acidity: 
10.35 g/L
Residual Sugar: 
200 g/L
Wine Background
Vineyard Region: 
100% from The Mound Vineyard in the Waipara Valley, gravely to silt loams.
Vintage Conditions: 
This wine was blended from wine made in 2009,2010,2011 and 2012 hence it is a non-vintage blend.
Grape Variety: 
100% Riesling
Maturation: 
We pressed frozen fruit to get the concentrated flavours, then after a carefully monitored fermentation in tank the wine was racked to a mixture of barrels for maturation. The blend is a mixture of previous vintage wines, all adding different characters and textures. The 2009 was aged in barrels for 36 months, 2010 was in barrels for about 28 months, 2011 for 16 months and 2012 for 4 months.

Waipara Hills Equinox Waipara Valley Pinot Noir 2011

$0.00

Hand picked, this is a structured rich and elegant Pinot Noir with dark cherry, chocolate, spice and smoky oak aromas. Smooth dark fruit on the palate finishes with freshness and a lovely full tannin structure. We made a smaller amount of wine this year to focus on the style. This will be a great wine to follow as it ages and develops, having the structure and elegance to open and evolve with careful cellaring. This wine is dedicated to Ben Roiri who has been working with the great people, vines and land at our Home Block in Waipara Valley since 2000. Cheers!

Tasting Notes
Colour: 
Garnet red.
Nose: 
Dark cherries and chocolate with five spice and a touch of smoky oak aromas.
Palate: 
Rich, dark fruit flavours stay through to the finish. This is backed up with a lovely complete tannin structure that keeps the wine tight and fresh.
Serve: 
Room temperature in a large, generous glass.
Peak Drinking: 
Cellaring 10 years +
Suggested Food Match: 
Beautiful with lamb, duck or roasted red meats.
Wine Analysis
Alc Vol: 
13.5%
Acidity: 
5.97 g/L
Residual Sugar: 
0.4 g/L
Wine Background
Vineyard Region: 
59% The Mound Vineyard, 41% The Home Block Vineyard.
Vintage Conditions: 
The bud break this year was late September early October followed by a settled and warm spring withouth any frost set backs. The plants enjoyed good growth. We went into an early flower set, the earliest on our records and also one of the best. The summer and ripening season were dry and cool. Through the growing season we had 230mm of rain, the hottest month being December with an average temperature of 18 degrees Celsius.
Grape Variety: 
100% Pinot Noir
Maturation: 
The handpicked fruit was fully de-stemmed for a 7 day cold soak, then warmed and wild fermented for 7 days. The wine was then left on skins for 3 weeks before draining and pressing. After settling the wine was transferred to barrel, where it remained until Spring for MLF. After blending the wine spent a further 6 months in barrel before settling in tank for another four months before bottling. 100% barrel matured, 30% new.
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