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2011

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.

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.

Waipara Hills Central Otago Pinot Noir 2011

$0.00
Sourced from our Golden Terraces Vineyard in the Bendigo sub region of Central Otago this Pinot Noir has aromas of brambly fruits, dark cherry, five spice and a hint of smoke. Rich dark fruits on the palate are balanced nicely with firm tannins and soft acidity.
Tasting Notes
Colour: 
Ruby red.
Nose: 
Brambly fruits, dark cherry, five spice and a hint of smoke.
Palate: 
Firm yet generous, this wine has rich dark fruits balanced nicely with firm tannins and soft acidity.
Serve: 
At room temperature.<
Suggested Food Match: 
Roast Lamb.
Wine Analysis
Alc Vol: 
14.0%
Acidity: 
5.5
Residual Sugar: 
2.1g/L
Wine Background
Vineyard Region: 
Sourced from the Bendigo sub-region of Central Otago.
Vintage Conditions: 
The cooler season produced plenty of challenges for our vineyard team in Central, but produced elegant wines with fine tannins.
Grape Variety: 
100% Pinot Noir
Maturation: 
The fruit was harvested over a 2 week period, brought into the winery and gently destemmed into the fermenter to start their cold soak. Ferment was 7-10 days, then the parcels were pressed, settled and then run to tanks and barrels. Mainly tank matured. About 22% was matured in French barrels and the remainder was in stainless steel tanks for a total of 10 months.

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.

2011 Hay Maker East Coast Chardonnay

$209.90

A refreshing Chardonnay with ripe aromas of stone fruit and citrus. The palate has subtle oak influences and a clean dry finish.

Tasting Notes
Colour: 
Straw yellow.
Nose: 
Lifted tropical fruit aromas with a hint of delicate oak.
Palate: 
The palate is medium bodied with fresh acidity.
Serve: 
Chilled.
Peak Drinking: 
Now until 2013
Suggested Food Match: 
Roast Chicken
Wine Analysis
Alc Vol: 
13.0%
Acidity: 
5.7 g/L
Residual Sugar: 
1.0 g/L
Wine Background
Vineyard Region: 
Sourced from selected Hawkes Bay (80%) and Marlborough (20%) vineyards. The vineyards are a mix of well drained clay loam, stony and gravel soils.
Vintage Conditions: 
The season in Hawkes Bay started early with a warm dry summer helping ripen the fruit. Some unseasonable rain provided some challenges later in the season. However, the spread of our sites ensured we were able to pick ripe flavourful fruit.
Grape Variety: 
Chardonnay
Maturation: 
The juice was cold settled and racked before fermentation with a selection of yeast strains at cool temperatures for approximately three weeks. After fermentation the wine remained on yeast lees and underwent partial malolactic fermentation. After blending the wine was fined using natural methods and prepared for bottling.

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 Sauvignon Blanc 2011

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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 Marlborough Pinot Gris 2011

$0.00

A dry Pinot Gris with delicate honeysuckle, ripe pear and peach aromas. Delightful stone fruit flavours fill the palate with perfectly balanced acidity.

Tasting Notes
Colour: 
Straw yellow
Nose: 
Delicate aromas of honeysuckle, ripe pear and peach.
Palate: 
A mouth filling rich wine without being too heavy. Delightful stone fruit flavours fill the palate with perfectly balanced acidity.
Serve: 
Chilled
Peak Drinking: 
Now - 2015
Suggested Food Match: 
Roast Duck curry
Wine Analysis
Alc Vol: 
13.5%
Acidity: 
6.3 g/L
Residual Sugar: 
4.1 g/L
Wine Background
Vineyard Region: 
Carefully selected parcels from grower vineyards throughout the Wairau and Awatere valleys of Marlborough.
Vintage Conditions: 
Marlborough was blessed with another exceptional year in 2011 - especially for Pinot Gris. Bud break was late September and was followed by a warm spring without frost. Adequate rainfall and warm temperatures meant the shoots grew quickly and flowering was earlier than normal. After January the season cooled which allowed for an extended ripening period.
Grape Variety: 
100% Pinot Gris
Maturation: 
Once harvested the grapes were transported to the winery, gently pressed and settled in tank. The warm fermentation is started with a handfall of selected yeast strains. After the completion of ferment the wine was left to mature on full lees for up to three months to enhance the structure and mouthfeel. After blending the wine was fined using natural methods an prepared for bottling.

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.
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