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Waipara

2012 Hay Maker Waipara Valley Pinot Gris

$209.90

Fresh fruit aromas of crisp pear, quince and sweet spice. The flavours fill the palate with moderate weight and a lingering finish.

Tasting Notes
Colour: 
Straw yellow.
Nose: 
Ripe pear and soft peach aromas with a touch of spice.
Palate: 
A fresh, well balanced Pinot Gris. The palate is delicate but full of flavour.
Serve: 
Chilled
Peak Drinking: 
Now until 2015.
Suggested Food Match: 
Slow cooked Pork with Apple.
Wine Analysis
Alc Vol: 
13.0%
Acidity: 
6.0 g/L
Residual Sugar: 
3.5g/L
Wine Background
Vineyard Region: 
The fruit from this wine was primarily sourced form the Home Block vineyard in the Waipara Valley.
Vintage Conditions: 
A cool summer delayed the ripening much later than normal, which helped to retain the acidity and allowed the aromatics really to develop fully. When the warm, stable weather in autumn arrived finally, it saved the day and allowed the fruit finish ripening and to be harvested in great condition.
Grape Variety: 
Pinot Gris.
Maturation: 
Once harvested the grapes were transported to the winery, gently pressed and settled in tank. The warm fermentation was started with a handful of selected yeast strains. After the completion of ferment the wine was left to mature on full lees for up to 3 months to enhance structure and mouth feel. After blending the wine was fined using natural methods and prepared for bottling.

Waipara Hills Equinox Waipara Valley Pinot Gris 2011

$0.00

Selectivley hand picked from our oldest Pinot Gris vines from The Home Block Vineyard this is a lovely dry, textural Pinot Gris reflective of the long growing season with added complexity through the use of the older barrels. Apple, pear and wild flower aromas combine with a hint of nuttiness and fresh ginger. Rich texture and fruit sweetness is balanced with acidity with lingering ginger and pear flavours. Serve slightly chilled with rich Asian dishes like Peking Duck.

Tasting Notes
Colour: 
Pale straw.
Nose: 
Apple pear, wild flowers, hints of ginger and a slight nuttiness.
Palate: 
The rich texture and fruit sweetness coats the mouth, then the balanced acidity steps in to tie up the palate, with a lingering ginger and pear flavour that goes on and on...
Serve: 
Slightly chilled.
Peak Drinking: 
2011 - 2012
Suggested Food Match: 
Richer Asian dishes like Peking Duck.
Wine Analysis
Alc Vol: 
14.5%
Acidity: 
6.45 g/L
Residual Sugar: 
4.4 g/L
Wine Background
Vineyard Region: 
100% from the Home Block Vineyard in the Waipara Valley, gravely with silt loams.
Vintage Conditions: 
The bud break this year was late September early October followed by a settled and warm spring without any frost set backs. The plants enjoyed good growth. We went into and early flower set, the earliest on 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.
Grape Variety: 
100% Pinot Gris
Maturation: 
A select hand pick from our oldest Pinot Gris vines, whole bunch pressed and cool settled until extremely clear, then cool fermented in old barrels and left un-sulphured for several months to promote flavour development. Only old barrels were used as to impart only subtle oak characters.

Waipara Hills Equinox Waipara Valley Riesling 2011

$0.00

Selected from one of our oldest Riesling parcels from The Mound Vineyard in the Waipara Valley this follows in style from the 2010 Equinox Riesling. Displaying aromas of rock melon, fresh granny smith apple, hints of kaffir lime and a touch of clover honey. This wine is wonderfully rich and generous with honey, melon and crisp apple flavours. The texture is rich yet has a crisp freshness. Serve slightly chilled matched with Thai food or fresh dishes with an element of heat.

Tasting Notes
Colour: 
Pale green and yellow.
Nose: 
Rock melon, fresh Granny Smith apple, hints of kaffir lime and a touch of clover honey.
Palate: 
Wonderfully rich and generous with hints of honey, melon and crisp apple flavours that linger.
Serve: 
Lightly chilled.
Peak Drinking: 
2011 - 2021
Suggested Food Match: 
Great with Thai food or any other fresh dishes with an element of heat.
Wine Analysis
Alc Vol: 
12.5%
Acidity: 
7.9 g/L
Residual Sugar: 
30.5g/L
Wine Background
Vineyard Region: 
100% from The Mound Vineyard in the Waipara Valley, gravelly to silt loams.
Vintage Conditions: 
The bud break this year was late September early October followed by a settled and warm spring without 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.
Grape Variety: 
100% Riesling
Maturation: 
Selected parcel from one of our oldest block was cool fermented, stopped with cold temperature and left un-sulphured for several months to develop and open up. No oak was used with this wine.

Waipara Hills Equinox Late Harvest Riesling NV

$0.00

Clover honey, pineapple, wild flower, nougat and cashew nut aromas lead to a rich decadent vibrant sweet spectrum of tropical fruit and honey flavours with a hint of oak to coat the mouth. Fresh acidity and lingering flavours make this a very special wine. Best served at the end of the meal with cheese and walnuts.

Tasting Notes
Colour: 
Golden.
Nose: 
Clover honey, pineapple, wild flowers, nougat and cashews.
Palate: 
Rich, vibrant sweetness hits the palate, then a spectrum of tropical fruit and honey, along with a hint of oak coat the mouth. Finally the acidity catches up and reasserts itself to leave the mouth fresh and wanting more!
Serve: 
At room temperature.
Peak Drinking: 
Can be cellared for 10+ years
Suggested Food Match: 
Great at the end of the meal with cheese and walnuts.
Wine Analysis
Alc Vol: 
11.0%
Acidity: 
9.23 g/L
Residual Sugar: 
197 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 and 2011, hence it is a non-vintage blend.
Grape Variety: 
100% Riesling
Maturation: 
We pressed frozen fruit to get the concentrated flavours in this wine, then after a carefully monitored fermentation in tank the wine was racked to a mixture of barrels for maturation. The 2009 was aged in barrels for 24 months, the 2010 was in barrels for about 15 months and the 2011 for about 4 months.

Waipara Hills Equinox Pinot Noir 2010

$0.00

Hand picked from The Mound Vineyard this is a structured, rich and elegant Pinot Noir with dark cherry, rich chocolate, char and dried spice aromas. Seductive and silky initially the palate opens out with mouth filling and persistent flavour and a finely balanced structure of firm acidity and beautiful French oak. Serve at room temperature in a large generous glass matched with lamb, duck or roasted meats.

Tasting Notes
Colour: 
Dark ruby red.
Nose: 
Dark cherry, a touch of char and dried spice from the oak and rich chocolate.
Palate: 
Seductive and silky initially, opening out with mouth filling and persistent flavour, and a balanced structure of firm acidity and beautiful French oak.
Serve: 
Room temperature in a large generous glass.
Peak Drinking: 
Can be cellared for 10+ years
Suggested Food Match: 
Beautiful with lamb, duck or roasted meats.
Wine Analysis
Alc Vol: 
13.0%
Acidity: 
5.9 g/L
Residual Sugar: 
1.3 g/L
Wine Background
Vineyard Region: 
100% from The Mound Vineyard in the Waipara Valley - gravelly to silt loams.
Vintage Conditions: 
A cooler summer delivered a delayed harvest, but the stable Autumn allowed complete ripening and full expression of the fruit.
Grape Variety: 
100% Pinot Noir
Maturation: 
Handpicked fruit from two of our clones on The Mound Vineyard. De-stemmed and tipped into fermenters for a seven day cold soak, then a warm wild ferment, followed by about three weeks on skins for further tannin development. Pressed off then run to barrels and left until the spring started MLF. Racked and blended in December before going back to barrel until May for bottling. About 30% new French oak was used with the remainder 1 and 2 year old.

Waipara Hills Equinox Sauvignon Blanc 2011

$0.00
Sourced from The Mound Vineyard in the Waipara Valley this complex and compelling oaked Sauvignon Blanc has ripe peach and nectarine aromas mixed with smoky oak notes. The palate follows with a wonderfull mixture of smoke, spice, stone fruits and citrus flavours. Rich texture fills the mouth and vibrant acidity leads to a dry finish. Serve chilled in a Chardonnay glass with seafood cuisine.
Tasting Notes
Colour: 
Crystal clear with a touch of green.
Nose: 
Slightly smoky oak mixes with ripe peach and nectarine notes. Complex and compelling.
Palate: 
Following on from the nose the palate exhibits a wonderful mixture of smoke, spice, stone fruits and citrus flavours. At first the rich texture fills the mouth, then the vibrant acidity comes through leading the dry finish.
Serve: 
Chilled in a Chardonnay glass.
Peak Drinking: 
Cellar for up to 5 years +
Suggested Food Match: 
Seafood
Wine Analysis
Alc Vol: 
14.0%
Acidity: 
6.0 g/L
Residual Sugar: 
1.5 g/L
Wine Background
Vineyard Region: 
100% from The Mound Vineyard, gravelly to silt loams.
Vintage Conditions: 
Bud break this year was September early October followed by a settled and warm Spring without 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.
Grape Variety: 
100% Sauvignon Blanc
Maturation: 
Cool fermentation in a mixture of new and old barrels, then left on lees for four months with a regular stirring to promote mouth feel and texutre. Approx 10% new oak and a mixture of aged barrels.

Waipara Hills Waipara Valley Chardonnay 2011

$0.00

Sourced from our Home Bock Vineyard in the Waipara Valley this is a very fruit driven style of Chardonnay with subtle use of oak. Pineapple and stone fruit flavours combine with smooth buttery notes on the nose and follow through onto the palate. Dry and crisp with an underlying texture to balance the acidity. Serve lightly chilled with a light lunch.

Tasting Notes
Colour: 
Pale yellow.
Nose: 
Crisp stone fruit and pineapple fruit flavours with smooth creamy, slighly buttery notes.
Palate: 
Following on from the promise of the nose, the palate is all stone fruit and pineapple, balanced with a rich creamy note. Dry, crisp yet with an underlying texture to balance the acidty.
Serve: 
Lighly chilled.
Peak Drinking: 
This wine will develop with patience and time, peak drinking 2012-2015
Suggested Food Match: 
Peppery salmon pilaf.
Wine Analysis
Alc Vol: 
13.5
Acidity: 
6.6
Residual Sugar: 
0.1
Wine Background
Vineyard Region: 
100% sourced from The Home Block Vineyard in the Waipara Valley.
Vintage Conditions: 
Bud break this year was late September early October followed by a settled and warm spring without any frost set backs. The plants enjoyed good growth. We went into an early flower set, the earlist on our records and alos 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% Chardonnay
Maturation: 
Once pressd the juice was cold settled for two days, then racked and warmed before going into fermentation in both oak barrels and tanks. Fermentation took avout three weeks, after which the wine was left in full casks and tanks for two months for flavour development. One tank started MLF and was stopped when the flavours were balanced for the blend.

HAY MAKER Waipara Valley Chardonnay 2011

$0.00

A fresh unoaked chardonnay with ripe aromas of stone fruit and melons. The palate is brimming with tropical flavours and a refreshing finish.

Tasting Notes
Colour: 
Straw yellow
Nose: 
Ripe aromas of stone fruit and melons with a hint of spicy cardamom seed.
Palate: 
The palate is lovely and juicy with ripe round flavours and a refreshing finish.
Serve: 
Chilled
Peak Drinking: 
Now until 2012
Suggested Food Match: 
Roast Chicken
Wine Analysis
Alc Vol: 
13.5%
Acidity: 
6.0 g/L
Residual Sugar: 
1.0 g/L
Wine Background
Vineyard Region: 
Solely sourced from our Home Block Vineyard in the Waipara Valley.
Vintage Conditions: 
The bud break this year was late September early October followed by a settled and warm spring without 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 seson 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.
Grape Variety: 
100% Chardonnay
Maturation: 
The just was cold settled and racked before fermentation with a selection of yeast strains at cool temperatures (12-15 degrees) for approx three weeks. After fermentation the wine remained on yeast lees and underwent partical malo-lactic fermention. After blending the wine was fined using natural methods and prepared for bottling.

Waipara Hills Waipara Valley Pinot Noir 2011

$0.00

A bright, fresh style Pinot Noir with lifted red fruits, earth and spice characters and good acidity. Soft and silky initially the wine flows through to a firm yet smooth and persistent structure of dark fruit, dried spice and leather characters that linger and linger.

Tasting Notes
Colour: 
Medium density with red and purple hues.
Nose: 
Lifted red fruits with hints of earth and spice from the oak.
Palate: 
Soft and silky to start with then flows through to a firmer structure with dark fruits, dried spice and leather characters that linger and linger.
Serve: 
Room temperature.
Wine Analysis
Alc Vol: 
14.0%
Acidity: 
6.0 g/L
Residual Sugar: 
0.9 g/L
Wine Background
Vineyard Region: 
45% The Home Block Vineyard, 33% The Mound Vineyard, 8% The Deans Vineyard, 14% The Golden Terraces Vineyard
Vintage Conditions: 
The bud break this year was late September early October followed by a settled and warm spring without 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. Throough the growing season we had 230mm or rain, the hottest month being December with an average temperature of 18 degrees.
Grape Variety: 
100% Pinot Noir
Maturation: 
Each block of fruit was fermented seperately, with a seven day cold soak followed by a seven to ten day ferment. Most parcels were then pressed and settled for two days before either being run to barrels or to a full tank to await MLF later in the year. 30% was aged in barrels, the remainder was in tanks.

Waipara Hills Waipara Valley Pinot Gris 2011

$0.00

2011 was an exceptional season for Waipara Valley Pinot Gris with an early flower set and cool, dry ripening season. Ripe pear, quince paste, fresh hay and ginger aromatics lead to a dry and structured palate showing great weight and texture. Serve lightly chilled.

Tasting Notes
Colour: 
Pale straw.
Nose: 
Ripe pear, quince paste, fresh hay and ginger.
Palate: 
Dry and structured yet rich and generous. Great weight and mouth feel yet tight and fresh.
Serve: 
Lightly chilled.
Peak Drinking: 
2012 - 2015. This wine will develop with patience and time.
Suggested Food Match: 
Roast Summer Vegetable Salad
Wine Analysis
Alc Vol: 
14.5%
Acidity: 
5 g/L
Residual Sugar: 
2.1 g/L
Wine Background
Vineyard Region: 
100% from the Waipara Valley. 87% The Home Block Vineyard, 5% The Deans Vineyard, 8% Other.
Vintage Conditions: 
The bud break this year was late September early October followed by a settled and warm spring without any frost set bakcs. 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 if rain, the hottest month being December with an average temperature of 18oC.
Grape Variety: 
100% Pinot Gris.
Maturation: 
Juice was cold settled and racked before fermentation with a selection of yeast strains at cool temperatures (12-15oC) for approx 3 weeks. The wine was then chilled and left un sulphured on lees prior to blending.
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