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Waipara

HAY MAKER Waipara Valley Riesling 2011

$209.90

Lemon sherbet, delicate floral and honeyed spice aromas combine with a bright fruit palate of citrus and floral characters.

Tasting Notes
Colour: 
Light green hue.
Nose: 
Aromas of lemon sherbet, delicate floral with honeyed spice notes.
Palate: 
The palate shows bright fruit notes of citrus and floral which combine with the lively acidity and soft sweetness.
Serve: 
Chilled
Peak Drinking: 
Now until 2013
Suggested Food Match: 
Grilled fish with Asian spices
Wine Analysis
Alc Vol: 
12.5
Acidity: 
7.3g/L
Residual Sugar: 
15g/L
Wine Background
Vineyard Region: 
Sourced soley from The Mound Vineyard in the Waipara Valley. The vineyard has free draining soils of gravely loams over alluvial subsoil.
Vintage Conditions: 
The bud break this year was late September early Octover 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 230ml of rain. The hottest month being December with an average temperature of 18 degrees.
Grape Variety: 
Riesling
Maturation: 
After harvesting the grapes were transported to the winery and crusehd with minimal skin contact to avoid juice deterioration. After cold settling, each batch was cool fermented in stainless steel using a variety of cultured yeasts to add complexity to the blend and to retain fresh fruit characteristics. The wines were blended shortly after the completion of fermentation, then carefully balanced and prepared for bottling.

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.

2011 Mud House Waipara Valley Riesling

$0.00

Displaying lifted aromas of honeysuckle and citrus with a delicate floral background this is a perfectly balanced Riesling with fine minerality, structure and a touch of sweetness on the finish.

Tasting Notes
Colour: 
Straw yellow with a pale green hue.
Nose: 
Lifted notes of honeysuckle and citrus with a delicate floral background.
Palate: 
A perfectly balanced Riesling with fine minerality, structure and a touch of sweetness on the finish. The soft honey flavours meld perfectly with the fresh lemon citrus notes.
Serve: 
Chilled
Peak Drinking: 
Now - 2015
Suggested Food Match: 
Any fragrant or mildly spicy foods like a Thai salad.
Wine Analysis
Alc Vol: 
12.5 %
Acidity: 
7.7 g/L
Residual Sugar: 
10.0g/L
Wine Background
Vineyard Region: 
The Mound Vineyard, Waipara Valley, has gravelly loams of alluvial subsoil and free draining soils.
Vintage Conditions: 
Bud break 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 was December with an average temperature of 18 degrees Celsius.
Grape Variety: 
100% Riesling
Maturation: 
The grapes were picked at optimal ripeness and only the free run juice was cold settled and racked a few days later. The cool fermentation was started with cultured yeast to add just the right amount of freshness and complexity. After fermentation the wines were again cold settled and racked shortly after. The wine was prepared for bottling using natural fining methods.
Accolades
Bronze - Royal Easter Wine Show (NZ), 2012

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.

Mud House Estate The Mound Vineyard Waipara Valley Riesling 2011

$0.00

A pure, focussed style of riesling. A delicate but lively wine. The grapes were picked at optimal ripeness and were hand harvested and whole bunch pressed. Only the free run juice was cold settled and racked a few days later. The cool fermentation was started with cultured yeast to add just the right amount of freshness and complexity. After fermentation the wines were again cold settled and racked shortly after. The wine was prepared for bottling using natural fining methods.

Tasting Notes
Colour: 
Pale straw.
Nose: 
Enticing notes of lime, elderflower and nectarine.
Palate: 
The front palate shows bright citrus notes which give way to plump flavours of nectarine and honey. The touch of minerality on the finish ties together the lime juice acidity and slight sweetness.
Serve: 
Chilled
Peak Drinking: 
Drinking wonderfully now but will develop nicely for 3-5 years.
Suggested Food Match: 
Seared tuna and a crispy noodle salad.
Wine Analysis
Alc Vol: 
12.5%
Acidity: 
7.6 g/L
Residual Sugar: 
20.0 g/L
Wine Background
Vineyard Region: 
This single vineyard wine is solely sourced from Mud House's The Mound Vineyard in the Waipara Valley. The gravelly soils and Waipara's long slow autumn ripening period, creat perfect conditions for growing riesling.
Vintage Conditions: 
The bud break this year was late September, early October, and was followed by a settled and warm spring without any frost setbacks. 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: 
100% stainless steel fermentation
Accolades
Silver - Royal Easter Show Wine Awards (NZ) 2012
Bronze (Salmon Class) - Canterbury Wine Awards (NZ) 2012
Bronze - Decanter World Wine Awards (UK) 2012
Commended - International Wine Challenge (UK) 2012
Bronze - International Cool Climate Competition, Australia 2012

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.

Mud House Estate 'The Home Block' Waipara Pinot Gris 2011

$0.00

Delicate aromas of pear, quince and spice with a hint of ginger. A highly textured wine. A delightfully oily mid palate and lingering fruit notes give way to perfectly structured minerality.

Tasting Notes
Colour: 
Straw.
Nose: 
Delicate aromas of pear, quince and spice with a hint of ginger.
Palate: 
A highly textured wine with a delightfully oily mid palate. Lingering fruit notes give way to perfectly structured minerality.
Serve: 
Chilled.
Peak Drinking: 
2011 - 2014
Suggested Food Match: 
Spicy duck with asian greens.
Wine Analysis
Alc Vol: 
14.0%
Acidity: 
5.6 g/L
Residual Sugar: 
4.2 g/L
Wine Background
Vineyard Region: 
This single vineyard wine was sourced solely from our Home Block Vineyard in the Waipara Valley. The Home Block’s gravelley soils lend minerality and elegant structure and enhance the rich and spicy characters of this wine.
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 was dry and cool. Through the growing season we had 230mm of rain and the hottest month was December with an average temperature of 18 degrees.
Grape Variety: 
100% Waipara Valley Pinot Gris
Maturation: 
The Mud House Estate range is made with minimal intervention to be a true representation of the vintage and vineyard site. The grapes were picked at optimal ripeness and were hand harvested and whole bunch pressed. Only the free run juice was cold settled and racked a few days later. The fermentation was started with cultured yeast to add just the right amount of freshness and complexity. After fermentation the wine was matured for 3 months on yeast lees before being cold settled and racked. The wine was prepared for bottling using natural fining methods.
Accolades
Pure Elite Gold - Air New Zealand Wine Awards 2012
4 Stars “with hints of apple walnut and layers of texture really delicious”, Yvonne Lorkin
88 POINTS “Apple juice, bruised pear. Has some phenolic crunch and brittle acidity to make things interesting. Good fruit flavours. Delivers some personality and retains freshness and high drinkability” The Wine Front, Mike Bennie

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.
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