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2011

HAY MAKER Waipara Valley Chardonnay 2011

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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.

HAY MAKER Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc 2011

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Notes of blackcurrent and guava lead to a lively palate with tropical fruit flavours.

Tasting Notes
Colour: 
Pale straw.
Nose: 
Lifted aromas of blackcurrent bud, guava and grapefruit.
Palate: 
A lively palate with fresh flavours of nettles and tropical fruit with a flinty elegance.
Serve: 
Chilled with good friends and food.
Peak Drinking: 
2011 - 2013
Suggested Food Match: 
Asian style prawn salad.
Wine Analysis
Alc Vol: 
13.0%
Acidity: 
7.6 g/L
Residual Sugar: 
2.0 g/L
Wine Background
Vineyard Region: 
The majority of the fruit for this wine was sourced from the Mud House Vineyard in the upper Wairau Valley. The remainder is from carefully selected grower vineyards in the Awatere,Ure and Wairau Valleys of Marlborough
Vintage Conditions: 
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 and although harvest began a few days earlier than normal in mid March, it didn't complete until 20th April.
Grape Variety: 
Sauvignon Blanc
Maturation: 
After harvesting, the grapes were transported to the winery and crushed 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 retian fresh fruit characters. The wines were blended shortly after the completion of fermentation, then carefully balanced and prepared for bottling.
Highly Commended - Sydney International Wine Competition 2012

HAY MAKER Hawkes Bay Merlot 2011

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Ruby red in colour this medium bodied 2011 Hawkes Bay Merlot has inviting aromas of plum, cherries, mocha spice and a touch of peppermint. The fruit flavours follow through onto the palate with well structured tannins. A great match with beef and lamb dishes.

Tasting Notes
Colour: 
Deep ruby red.
Nose: 
Plum and cherries, mocha spice and a touch of mint.
Palate: 
The red fruit flavours continue on the palate. Medium bodied with well structured tannins.
Serve: 
Room temperature.
Peak Drinking: 
Now until 2013
Suggested Food Match: 
Lamb dishes.
Wine Analysis
Alc Vol: 
12.5%
Acidity: 
5.5 g/L
Residual Sugar: 
1.0 g/L
Wine Background
Vineyard Region: 
Sourced form selected Hawkes Bay vineyards.
Vintage Conditions: 
The season started early with a warm dry summer helping ripen the fruit. Some unseasonal rain provided some challenges later in the season. However, the spread of our sites ensured we were able to pick rip flavourful fruit.
Grape Variety: 
Merlot
Maturation: 
After harvest the grapes were de-stemmed into stainless steel fermenters. The warm fermentation was started with specifically selected cultured yeast and the must was plunged up to three times per day to extract the colour and flavour from the skins.

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.

2011 Mud House Marlborough Rose

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Vibrant aromas of strawberries and cream lead to a palate bursting with flavours of candyfloss and a hint of peppermint.

Tasting Notes
Colour: 
Subtle ruby pink.
Nose: 
Vibrant aromas of strawberries and cream.
Palate: 
The palate bursts with bright flavours of candy floss and hints of peppermint. The wine finishes with a cheeky note of of sweetness and fresh acidity.
Serve: 
Well chilled.
Peak Drinking: 
Drink now to 2013.
Suggested Food Match: 
Serve as an aperitif.
Wine Analysis
Alc Vol: 
12.5%
Acidity: 
6.4 g/L
Residual Sugar: 
5.6 g/L
Wine Background
Vineyard Region: 
The fruit for this wine was sourced from the Byrnes vineyard in Marlborough on free draining, alluvial soils.
Vintage Conditions: 
Marlborough was blessed with another exceptional year in 2011. Bud break was late Sept and was followed by a warm frost free spring. Adequate rainfall and temperatures meant shoots grew quickly and flowering was earlier than normal. After January, the season cooled which allowed for extended ripening.
Grape Variety: 
Pinot Noir
Maturation: 
100% stainless steel
Accolades
4 Stars/ Best Buy - Cuisine Magazine January 2012 (NZ) "Provencal in colour (pale salmon) with restrained floral scents, this wine leaves a delicate footprint. Minerally and lean, with a hint of sweetness, it is perfect with a salad Nicoise (close your eyes and you could be in St Raphael)"
4 Stars/ Best Buy - Cuisine Magazine January 2012 (NZ)

2011 Mud House Marlborough Pinot Grigio

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A true "kiwi" Pinot Grigio. Harvested early to retain the crisp citrus and apple flavours.

Tasting Notes
Colour: 
Pale straw
Nose: 
Fresh aromas of citrus and green apple with a touch of white peach.
Palate: 
Zesty flavours of lemons and granny smith apples fill the front palate. The lively acidity leads to a dry refreshing finish.
Serve: 
As chilled as possible.
Peak Drinking: 
This wine is best when it is young. Drink now-2013.
Suggested Food Match: 
Creamy salmon pasta with a fennel and orange salad.
Wine Analysis
Alc Vol: 
12%
Acidity: 
6.8
Residual Sugar: 
1g/L
Wine Background
Vineyard Region: 
The fruit for this wine was sourced solely from the d'Avergne Vineyard whcih is situated in Marlborough's lower Wairau Valley on moderaterly fertile, free draining clay soils.
Vintage Conditions: 
Bud break was late September and was followed by a warm, frost free spring. Adequate rainfall and warm temperatures meant the shoots grew quickly and flowering was earlier than usual. After January, the season cooled and the grapes used for this wine was harvested on the 15th March.
Grape Variety: 
100% Pinot Gris
Maturation: 
The grapes were gently destemmed and pressed before cold settling. After racking, the juice was cool fermeted with a selection of cultured yeast. After fermentation the wine was cold settled and fined using natural methods before being prepared for bottling.
Accolades
83 Points/ 3.5 Stars. "As the name suggest, this is an Italian style Pinot Gris ideally suited to partner elegant dishes. It's restrained on the nose but showing citrus, floral and flinty notes. The palate is taut and racy with gentle fruit intensity and a lingering crsip finish. At its best now to 2014" Sam Kim, Wine orbit
New release

Waipara Hills Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc 2011

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Sourced from both the Wairau and Awatere Valleys of Marlborough, this is a generous Sauvignon Blanc with lifted aromas of nettles, snow peas, guava and flint characters. The palate has a citrus and grapefruit approach followed by a mineral mid palate, elegant texture and long finish.

Tasting Notes
Colour: 
Pale yellow.
Nose: 
Nettles, snow pea, flint, wet stone and guava.
Palate: 
Citrus approach, grapefruit, mineral mid palate, long finish with good weight and texture.
Serve: 
Chilled to 4 degrees Celsius.
Peak Drinking: 
Made to be enjoyed young, fresh and crisp.
Wine Analysis
Alc Vol: 
13.0%
Acidity: 
7.5 g/L
Residual Sugar: 
2.2 g/L
Wine Background
Vineyard Region: 
Varous vineyards around the Marlborough region.
Vintage Conditions: 
An early start and a cooler growing season produced a longer season, yet the stable autumn allowed the fruit to be picked at just the right time. Harvested between 22nd March and 15th April 2011.
Grape Variety: 
100% Sauvignon Blanc
Maturation: 
Cleaned, settled juice fermented with a range of yeasts at cool temps (12-15oC) for approx three weeks, then racked off lees and kept chilled for three weeks before sulphuring and warming before blending.

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.
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