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Waipara

Waipara Hills Waipara Valley Pinot Noir 2011

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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

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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.

Waipara Hills Waipara Valley Riesling 2011

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Inviting aromas of fresh cut apple, green melon and a touch of honey and fresh ginger lead to a rich mouth filling palate. Generous fruit flavours combined with crisp vibrant acidity provide an enduring and refreshing finish. Sourced from The Mound Vineyard in the Waipara Valley.

Tasting Notes
Colour: 
Pale yellow.
Nose: 
Fresh cut apple, green melon with a touch of honey and fresh ginger.
Palate: 
This wine is rich and mouth filling on the first sip but then the lovely crisp acidity steps in. Persistent and refreshing.
Serve: 
Lightly chilled.
Peak Drinking: 
This wine will develop with patience and time. 2012-2015
Wine Analysis
Alc Vol: 
13.0
Acidity: 
7.55
Residual Sugar: 
16.7
Wine Background
Vineyard Region: 
The Mound Vineyard, Waipara Valley
Vintage Conditions: 
The 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 earlist 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: 
The juice was naturally cold settled and racked before fermentation with a selection of yeast strains at cool temperatures (12-15 degrees celsius) for approximately three weeks. The wine was then chilled, racked and sulphured with minimal less contact prior to blending.

Waipara Hills Waipara Valley Pinot Noir 2010

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This wine displays inviting aroma of wild berries, plums and cherries with a hint of dried herbs and spice. These characters follow from the nose onto the palate and showcase the attractive fruit, spice and earth flavours of the Waipara Valley.

Tasting Notes
Colour: 
Medium purple/garnet
Nose: 
Inviting aromas of wild berries, plums and cherries with a hint of dried herbs and spice.
Palate: 
The flavours follow from the nose onto the palate and showcase the attractive fruit, spice and earth flavours of the Waipara Valley.
Serve: 
At about 15ºC, or just below room temperature.
Peak Drinking: 
2012-2015
Suggested Food Match: 
Garlicky meatball dish
Wine Analysis
Alc Vol: 
13.0%
Acidity: 
5.66 g/l
Residual Sugar: 
1.3 g/l
Wine Background
Vineyard Region: 
The fruit for this wine came from our two vineyards in the Waipara Valley, The Mound and Home Block.
Vintage Conditions: 
2010 was a cooler, yet stable season which led to great flavour development in all of our varietals.
Grape Variety: 
100% Pinot Noir
Maturation: 
30% was aged in oak for 6 months, 30% of this in new oak.

Waipara Hills Equinox Waipara Riesling 2007

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Delicate and elegant, this wine has been made to express the best of the season and the vineyards that is was made from. Fresh, crisp acidity combine with fruit sweetness and slight grapefruit pith characters to make a wine of interest and appeal.

Tasting Notes
Colour: 
Pale green/white gold.
Nose: 
Citrus blossom, mandarin and slight honey notes.
Palate: 
Smooth texture balanced with a fine acidity and slight grapefruit phenolics.
Serve: 
Slightly chilled (and with a second bottle!)
Suggested Food Match: 
Tandoori chicken tenderloins, toasted cashews, micro greens & lemon aioli, on toasted ciabatta.
Wine Analysis
Alc Vol: 
11.1 %
Acidity: 
8.1 g/l
Residual Sugar: 
30.0 g/l
Wine Background
Vineyard Region: 
All the fruit for this wine was selected from our Waipara Vineyards, 50% from The Home block and 50% from The Mound Vineyard.
Vintage Conditions: 
Early rains gave way to a growing season with moderate temperatures and plenty of sun. The Spring Equinox marks the start of every season with the awakening of the vines at budburst, leading through to the inescapable conclusion at the Autumn Equinox when the vine once again shuts down for the winter.
Grape Variety: 
100% Riesling
Maturation: 
This wine will evolve over the next 10 years, moving from the delicate fruit flavours and aromas to more complex characters of kero, wax and nuts.

Waipara Hills Equinox Waipara Pinot Gris 2007

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Early rains gave way to a growing season with moderate temperatures and plenty of sun. The Spring Equinox marks the start of every season with the awakening of the vines at budburst, leading through to the inescapable conclusion at the Autumn Equinox when the vine once again shuts down for the winter.

Tasting Notes
Colour: 
Pale straw
Nose: 
Delicate spice, ginger crunch and nashi pear.
Palate: 
Delicate pear and ginger/spice flavours, supported by good weight and viscosity combine to flow through the palate resulting in a lingering, unctuous finish.
Serve: 
Slightly chilled (and with a second bottle!)
Suggested Food Match: 
Asian pear salad complete with ginger, vanilla beans & baby greens
Wine Analysis
Alc Vol: 
13.7 %
Acidity: 
6.3 g/l
Residual Sugar: 
6.0 g/l
Wine Background
Vineyard Region: 
All the fruit for this wine came from the Home Block vineyard, grown by Jean-Luc Dufour and his crew.
Vintage Conditions: 
Early rains gave way to a growing season with moderate temperatures and plenty of sun.
Grape Variety: 
Pinot Gris
Maturation: 
Two fruit parcels were used for this wine, both were hand picked and whole bunch pressed. The best juice from this fruit was left to settle naturally and then half was fermented in old oak barrels, while the remainder was fermented in a stainless steel tank, these different methods increased greater complexity and interest in the wine.

Waipara Hills Equinox Waipara Late Harvest Riesling

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A decadent wine with rich sweetness, intense lifted fruit and bold structured acidity. A small amount goes a long way, yet the lingering flavours really get you coming back for another try.

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 hit of oak coat the mouth. Finally the acidity catches up and reasserts itself to leave the mouth fresh and wanting more!
Serve: 
Chilled in a small wine glass.
Suggested Food Match: 
Cheddar, blue or aged cheese, or with fresh fruits such as pineapple or rock melon.
Wine Analysis
Alc Vol: 
11.0%
Acidity: 
9.23 g/L
Residual Sugar: 
197 g/L
Wine Background
Vineyard Region: 
Waipara Valley
Vintage Conditions: 
This wine is 2/3rds from the 2009 season which was allowed to open and develop, and 1/3rd from the 2010 to add freshness and spark.
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 French oak barrels for 14 months and the 2010 was only in barrels for about 3 months.

Waipara Hills Equinox Waipara Pinot Gris 2010

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A lovely dry, textural Pinot Gris made to preserve the characters of the vineyard, yet also bringing in added complexity from the use of older barrels. A wine with finesse and elegance, but with an underlying power and persistence that will see this wine open up in the coming years.

Tasting Notes
Colour: 
Pale straw.
Nose: 
Apple pear, wild flower aromas with hints of nuttiness and fresh ginger.
Palate: 
The rich texture and fruit sweetness coats the mouth, then the balanced acidity steps in to tie up the palate, leaving a lingering ginger and pear flavour that goes on and on and on...
Serve: 
Lightly chilled to retain the aromatic lift.
Suggested Food Match: 
Perfect with the fresh herbs and vibrant citrus flavours of Vietnamese food.
Wine Analysis
Alc Vol: 
14.5%
Acidity: 
6.5 g/L
Residual Sugar: 
4.4 g/L
Wine Background
Vineyard Region: 
All the fruit for this wine came from our Home Block Vineyard in the Waipara Valley.
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 Gris
Maturation: 
Hand picked, whole bunch pressed, fermented in neutral aged oak barrels, then topped and left to mature for 4 months on lees.

Waipara Hills Equinox Waipara Pinot Noir 2009

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Lifted aromas of red fruits, cherry and dark chocolate combine with dried spice, crisp bacon and earthy mushrooms. A silky palate opens out with a persistant mouth filling flavour and a balanced structure of firm acidity and beautiful French oak.

Tasting Notes
Colour: 
Vibrant ruby with slightly purple hues.
Nose: 
Lifted red fruits, cherry and dark chocolate, with a touch of dried spice, crisp bacon and earthy mushrooms.
Palate: 
Seductive and silky initially, opening out with mouth filling and persistent flavour, and a finely balanced structure of firm acidity and beautiful French oak.
Serve: 
Lightly chilled to retain the aromatic lift.
Peak Drinking: 
2015 - 2020
Suggested Food Match: 
Game birds, venison or rabbit.
Wine Analysis
Alc Vol: 
14%
Acidity: 
6.22g/L
Residual Sugar: 
0.1g/L
Wine Background
Vineyard Region: 
All the fruit for this wine came from our vineyard, The Mound, in the Waipara Valley.
Vintage Conditions: 
A warm Summer delivered a early harvest, and stable Autumn conditions produced full rich flavours and ripe tannins.
Grape Variety: 
100% Pinot Noir
Maturation: 
Hand picked, partial whole bunch fermentation, 3-4 weeks on skins, then pressed to French oak barrels for a full 12 months maturation.

Waipara Hills Waipara Valley Pinot Noir 2009

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2009 was a truly great vintage, giving us the heat to allow full ripening potential and a stable harvest to get the fruit to the winery in the best condition.

Tasting Notes
Colour: 
Garnet red
Nose: 
Lifted aromas of plums, dark cherries, leather and dried spice enhance the immediate appeal of this wine.
Palate: 
A soft and silky beginning leads to a full, rich and structured palate with dark red fruits, dried spice and leather characters that linger and linger.
Serve: 
At room temperature in a large glass.
Peak Drinking: 
Designed to be enjoyed young but with the legs to live for many years to come.
Suggested Food Match: 
Perfect served with lamb, duck or wild game meats
Wine Analysis
Alc Vol: 
13.5%
Acidity: 
5.8 g/L
Residual Sugar: 
0.6 g/L
Wine Background
Vineyard Region: 
All of the fruit for this wine came from The Mound and Home Block vineyards in the Waipara Valley.
Vintage Conditions: 
2009 was a truly great vintage, giving us the heat to allow full ripening potential and a stable harvest season to get the fruit to the winery in the best condition.
Grape Variety: 
100% Pinot Noir
Maturation: 
Matured in a mixture of oak barrels and tanks for 10 months.
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