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2013

Waipara Hills Equinox Waipara Valley Pinot Noir 2013

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Hand picked from The Mound Vineyard in the Waipara Valley. This is a refined Pinot Noir with bright red berry and doris plum aromas which lead to a textured and complex palate of cherries and spice. The epitome of elegance, this wine fills the mouth with ripe fruit tannin and lingers long after the wine is gone.
Tasting Notes
Colour: 
Purple garnet.
Nose: 
Bright cherry and doris plum, five spice and freshly dug earth.
Palate: 
Nicely textured, rich and complex flavours of cherry and spice. A really elegant structure which fills the mouth with ripe fruit tannin and lingers long after the wine's gone.
Serve: 
At room temperature in a large, generous glass.
Peak Drinking: 
10+ years.
Suggested Food Match: 
Beautiful with lamb, duck or roasted meats.
Wine Analysis
Alc Vol: 
13.5%
Acidity: 
6.32
Residual Sugar: 
3.58
Wine Background
Vineyard Region: 
The Mound Vineyard, Waipara Valley
Vintage Conditions: 
A cool summer delayed the ripening, which helped to retain the acidity and allowed the aromatics time to fully develop. When the warm, stable weather in autumn finally arrived, it saved the day by allowing the fruit to finish ripening; it was harvested in great condition.
Grape Variety: 
100% Pinot Noir
Maturation: 
100% Barrel maturation

2013 Waipara Hills Waipara Valley Chardonnay

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The stone fruit flavours are balanced with spicy French oak and a touch of butter. This wine is rich and complex, whilst still alive and fresh.

Tasting Notes
Colour: 
Pale straw.
Nose: 
Ripe stone fruit, with a touch of spicy oak and cream.
Palate: 
The nectarine and peach flavours are wonderfully balanced with subtle oak throughout the palate. Textured and weighty, yet dry and crisp in the finish.
Serve: 
Lightly chilled.
Peak Drinking: 
2014-2016
Suggested Food Match: 
Seared scallops with herb butter rested on rocket salad.
Wine Analysis
Alc Vol: 
13.0%
Acidity: 
7
Wine Background
Vineyard Region: 
Waipara Hills Home Block Vineyard, Waipara Valley.
Vintage Conditions: 
The cool spring slowed down the start of the season, but a warm and stable summer gave the best possible conditions for fruit and flavour development. Some rain at the start of the harvest period slowed things down, but didn't affect the overall quality.
Grape Variety: 
Chardonnay
Maturation: 
Machine harvest fruit was cool pressed and settled before going into a cool fermentation for around three weeks. The wine was then left on lees and stirred for four months, while it went through MLF.

Waipara Hills Equinox Waipara Valley Chardonnay 2013

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Handpicked soley from The Home Block Vineyard in the Waipara Valley. This Chardonnay showcases the vibrancy of the vineyard along with the complexity of fine winemaking. Aromas of lemon curd and hazelnuts, with a nicely weighted yet crisp finish. Elegant flavours of white peach combined with nougat and spice deliver a wine to enjoy as it unfolds over a meal.

Tasting Notes
Colour: 
Pale yellow
Nose: 
Lemon curd and hazelnuts; nicely mealy and slightly buttery
Palate: 
White peach and citrus flavours on the first sip, nicely weighted and smmoth with fresh acidity giving a tight finish
Serve: 
Slightly chilled in a large, generous glass.
Peak Drinking: 
Now and 10 years plus
Suggested Food Match: 
Barbequed pork loin or crispy chicken
Wine Analysis
Alc Vol: 
13.22%
Acidity: 
7.73 g/L
Residual Sugar: 
0.5 g/L
Wine Background
Vineyard Region: 
100% The Home Block Vineyard, Waipara Valley
Vintage Conditions: 
A beautifully warm and calm growing season produced fruit in perfect condition. The stable Autumn, allowed us to harvest this fruit at just the right time to get full flavour and ripeness and fruit expression
Grape Variety: 
100% Chardonnay
Maturation: 
Barrel fermented

Waipara Hills Central Otago Pinot Noir 2013

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Dark brooding aromas of cherry, chocolate and spice. Elegantly structured with generous fruit flavours on the palate. A rich young wine with complex fruit and enticing earthy characters, that is generous as a young wine and will also reward futher cellaring.

Tasting Notes
Colour: 
Purple and garnet
Nose: 
Rich dark cherry, chocolate and dried spice. A big brooding nose with a layer of complexity.
Palate: 
Generous and sweet fruits on the front of the palate, tightening up nicely by an elegant structure of fruit and French oak tannin.
Serve: 
At room temperature in a generous glass.
Suggested Food Match: 
Wild game, roasted mushrooms or seared beef fillet.
Wine Analysis
Alc Vol: 
13.8%
Acidity: 
6.08 g/L
Residual Sugar: 
0.27 g/L
Wine Background
Vineyard Region: 
97% Claim 431 Vineyard, Central Otago 3% Woolshed Vineyard, Marlborough
Vintage Conditions: 
The early season frost caused some concern but thankfully little damage. It was a warm yet not overly hot summer in Central Otago, with slightly above average rainfull which allowed ripeness to proceed at a sedate pace creating decent canopy. The condition of the fruit was fantastic, great colours and really elegant tannins.
Grape Variety: 
100% Pinot Noir
Maturation: 
Stainless steel tank and barrell fermented

Waipara Hills Waipara Valley Riesling 2013

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This Riesling shows aromas of spring flowers, cut apples and melon, Fresh and vibrant acidity combines with mouthfilling fruit flavours and delivers a lengthy finish. The George family built the house and farmed the land at what is now the Mound Vineyard in the early 1900's. This wine is dedicated to Tina George, who has a significant connection to the vineyard land she has worked on for more than 10 years - a place she calls home.

Tasting Notes
Colour: 
Pale green.
Nose: 
Fresh cut apple, melon, lime, spring flowers and fresh ginger.
Palate: 
The wine is rich and mouth filling, with lovely crisp acidity. Persistent and refreshing.
Serve: 
Lightly chilled
Peak Drinking: 
2014-2016
Wine Analysis
Alc Vol: 
12.1%
Acidity: 
8.3 g/L
Residual Sugar: 
13.3 g/L
Wine Background
Vineyard Region: 
100% The Mound Vineyard, Waipara Valley
Vintage Conditions: 
The cool Spring slowed down the start of the season, but a warm and stable summer gave the best possible conditions for fruit and flavour development. Some rain at the start of the harvest period slowed things down, but didnt affect the overall quality.
Grape Variety: 
100% Riesling
Maturation: 
100% Stainless steel tank fermentation

Waipara Hills Equinox Waipara Valley Sauvignon Blanc 2013

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Hand picked solely from The Mound Vineyard in the Waipara Valley. This is a complex oaked Sauvignon Blanc displaying fresh peach and nectarine; a touch of grapefruit and slightly flinty, smokey aromas. A wonderfully textured wine with rich sweet fruit flavours on the front palate and a clean, focused finish. Serve chilled with crayfish or pan fried snapper.

Tasting Notes
Colour: 
Pale green
Nose: 
Flinty, slighly smokey with pineapple and nectarine characters.
Palate: 
Wonderfully textured for a dry wine with rich, sweet fruit on the front palate followed by vibrant, clean acid on the finish. Fresh peach and nectarine flavours flow around the mouth, finishing with a touch of grapefruit.
Serve: 
Slightly chilled in a large glass.
Peak Drinking: 
2015-2018
Suggested Food Match: 
Shellfish or pan fried fish
Wine Analysis
Alc Vol: 
13.0%
Acidity: 
8.16 g/L
Residual Sugar: 
1.5 g/L
Wine Background
Vineyard Region: 
100% The Mound Vineyard, Waipara Valley
Vintage Conditions: 
A beautifully warm and calm growing season, produced fruit in perfect condition. The stable Autumn allowed us to harvest this fruit at just the right time, allowing for full flavour ripeness and fruit expression.
Grape Variety: 
100% Sauvignon Blanc
Maturation: 
Barrel fermented

2013 Waipara Hills EQUINOX Waipara Valley Pinot Gris 2013

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Hand picked soley from The Home Block Vineyard in the Waipara Valley. Lovers of textural, rich Pinot Gris will be rewarded with notes of quince, ginger and magnolia flowers; followed by ripe pear, nougat and nutty flavours. Crisp acidity keeps the wine balance with a fresh and clean finish. Best served slightly chilled with rich Asian dishes such as Peking Duck.

Tasting Notes
Colour: 
Fresh straw
Nose: 
Rich quince, pear, magnolia flowers and ginger spice.
Palate: 
Weighty and rich from the first sip. There's enough crisp acidity to keep the wine balanced, whilst being fresh and clean on the finish. Pear, nougat and spicy/nutty flavours.
Serve: 
Slightly chilled in a large glass
Peak Drinking: 
2015 - 2018
Suggested Food Match: 
Peking Duck
Wine Analysis
Alc Vol: 
13.5
Acidity: 
6.24 g/L
Residual Sugar: 
7 g/L
Wine Background
Vineyard Region: 
The Mound Vineyard, Waipara Valley
Vintage Conditions: 
A beautifully warm and calm growing season produced fruit in perfect condition. The stable autumn allowed us to harvest this fruit at just the right time to get full flavour ripeness and fruit expression.
Grape Variety: 
100% Pinot Gris
Accolades
4.5 Stars - Recommended by Cuisine

2013 Waipara Hills Equinox Waipara Valley Riesling

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Hand picked solely from The Mound Vineyard in the Waipara Valley. This Riesling delights with aromas of Tahitian lime, elder flowers, nougat and hints of crushed stone. Lifted and perfumed, the sweetness and sprighty acidity meld perfectly leaving crisp grapefruit finish, Perfect as an apertif with juicy melon wrapped in pancetta.

Tasting Notes
Colour: 
Pale green
Nose: 
Tahitian lime, elder flowers, nougat and a hint of crushed stone
Palate: 
The sweetness and the sprightly acidity paly off each other until the finish when your left with a crisp grapefruit flavour.
Serve: 
Slightly chilled in a large glass
Peak Drinking: 
2015 - 2018
Suggested Food Match: 
Melon wrapped in pancetta.
Wine Analysis
Alc Vol: 
12.5%
Acidity: 
7.92 g/L
Residual Sugar: 
17.3 g/L
Wine Background
Vineyard Region: 
Mound Vineyard, Waipara Valley
Vintage Conditions: 
A beautifully warm and calm growing season produced fruit in perfect condition. The stable Autumn allowed us to harvest this fruit at just the right time to get full flavour ripeness and fruit expression
Grape Variety: 
100% Riesling
Maturation: 
Stainless Steel Fermentation

2013 Waipara Hills Waipara Valley Pinot Noir

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The nose displays spicy, rich cocoa, juicy red berries and earthy aromas. Rich in colour; dense and ripe fruits fill the mouth; alongside earthy savoury flavours from the oak. Firm tannins and fresh acidity give this stunning Pinot Noir good structure and length. This wine is dedicated to Murray Walter, who was involved in planting the first vines at Home Block Vineyard, in recognition of more than 15 years' service 'through every weather change from a freezing cold Southerly to roasting Nor'Wester".

Tasting Notes
Colour: 
Garnet with purple hues.
Nose: 
Earthy, juicy red berries, spice and rich cocoa.
Palate: 
Sweet red fruit fills the mouth with fresh acidity and firm tannins which gives it structure and length.
Serve: 
At room temperature.
Peak Drinking: 
Now, but will cellar up until 2015-2017
Suggested Food Match: 
Lamb or wild game with roasted mushrooms.
Wine Analysis
Alc Vol: 
13.6%
Acidity: 
7.4 g/L
Residual Sugar: 
0.16 g/L
Wine Background
Vineyard Region: 
80% Waipara Valley, 20% Central Otago
Vintage Conditions: 
The cool spring slowed down the start of the season, but a warm and stable summer gave the best possible conditions for fruit and flavour development. Some rain at the start of the harvest period slowed things down, but didnt affect the overall quality.
Grape Variety: 
100% Pinot Noir
Maturation: 
Matured mainly in tank with oak staves

Waipara Hills Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc 2013

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Sourced from the Wairau and Awatere Valleys of Marlborough, this lively Sauvignon Blanc displays aroms of melon, nettle and crisp snowpeas. The front palate bursts with fresh citrus, grapefruit and delicate melon notes; while the fruit weight and texture carry through to a balanced, mouth watering finish.

Tasting Notes
Colour: 
Pale green
Nose: 
Guava, melon, nettles, snow peas and crushed stone.
Palate: 
Fresh citrus, grapefruit, and a touch of pineapple on the first sip. Lovely weight and a clean finish.
Serve: 
Lightly chilled
Peak Drinking: 
Now
Suggested Food Match: 
Grilled asparagus spears wrapped in prosciutto
Wine Analysis
Alc Vol: 
13.5%
Acidity: 
8.55 g/L
Residual Sugar: 
2.7 g/L
Wine Background
Vineyard Region: 
Wairau and Awatere valleys of Marlborough
Vintage Conditions: 
The cool spring slowed down the start of the season; then a warm and stable summer gave the best possible conditions for fruit and flavour development. Some rain at the start of the harvest period slowed things down, but didn't affect the overall quality.
Grape Variety: 
100% Sauvignon Blanc
Maturation: 
Stainless Steel Tanks
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