New Zealand is not a prodigious producer of wine (less than 1% of the worlds output) but has a very wide range. The country's first success was with Sauvignon Blanc in 1977 but the nature of New Zealand allows it to grow Bordeaux-style blends and Syrah, in Hawke's Bay and the north to the Pinot Noir and Riesling grapes grown in the south. The maritime climate of the whole country moderates hot summers and keeps the winters mild. The generally cool nights mean that the grapes have more acidity than would other wise be the case. Four-fifths of New Zealand wines are made by small producers spread over the country.
The fruit was grown at Wrekin Terrace Vineyard in the Brancott Valley, a valley floor site on gravelly clay-loam soils. The grapes were pressed using low maceration press cycles, then the clear juice racked to fermentation vessels. Half of the juice was inoculated in a stainless steel tank using cultured yeast and the balance was filled into French oak barriques where it endure…
Mission Estate is Hawkes Bays oldest winery, with a well-respected reputation in the New Zealand market as a producer of consistent quality, value for money wines. A single vineyard wine from an organically certified area on the two hectare Syrah block and hand-harvested. Maturation: French oak, 23% new for 12 months. The wine has a floral spicy nose with very sweet ripe fruit…
Cloudy Bay Pinot Noir was first introduced in 1989, and it has been popular with the winemakers ever since! The 2013 vintage was harvested from the Barracks Vineyard, in the Omaka Valley, a dedicated site to the Pinot Noir grape. This complex wine offers bundles of dark berries and cherry, cinnamon, sweet leather, fresh herbs and soft tobacco. The palate is round on entry, very…
Awarded a silver medal at the International Wine & Spirits Competition, this Sauvignon Blanc has a lot to offer. The 2017 vintage was in danger of potential disease from an increased level of rainfall throughout 2017. Thankfully Framingham were able to call upon their knowledge and expertise to avoid any threats and came through with a wonderful vintage. Bright and chewy with citrus fruits and a hint of herbs on the palate.
Framinghams Riesling vines are among the oldest in Marlborough at around 36 years old, wine maker Dr Andrew Hedley works with Framingham and has been described by Jancis Robinson as "One of the most skilled practitioners of Riesling anywhere in the world". Inspired by the German Beerenauslese wine, this Riesling is sweet with flavours of citrus and honey, the level of acidity is perfectly matched in order to keep it from becoming too sweet and its naturally low alcohol level ensures it remains bright and vibrant on the palate.
Established in 1991, Mountford Estate is now owned by Takahiro Koyama, who was once a university student studying viticulture and working part time at the vineyard. The Estate produces wines with character and quality by adopting a combination of old and modern techniques. The Liaison Pinot Noir is a fantastic wine, with just the right amount of tannins combined with flavours of dark fruits, spice and a hint of smoke. The finish is full and lengthy.
Created by Kevin Judd, an English born wine maker with many years of experience, Greywacke was established in the early 90's. They have two main varietals - Sauvignon Blanc and Pinot Noir, but also make a range of other wines alongside these. The 2017 Sauvignon Blanc is full of intense fruit flavours, aromatic notes of stone fruits such as nectarine alongside a definite floral hint, dry and crisp on the finish.
All the fruit for this wine was grown in Marlboroughs Southern Valleys and primarily sourced from the Yarrum Vineyard situated on the Brancott/Ben Morven ridge. The wind-blown loess soils are comprised of clay-loams with degrees of gravel. The grapes were hand harvested, de-stemmed and put into open top fermenters. The fruit was then allowed to soak on skins prior to the onset …
Pinot Noir is the pride of Wild Earths winemakers, and it is regularly decorated with medals and commendations! The 2012 vintage was given a silver medal by Decanter magazine and five stars by MW Bob Campbells The Real Review to name a couple!
Established in 1997, Sileni Estates is located in Hawke's Bay on a mixture of gravel and clay, each bringing a different characteristics to the wine. A small amount of oak was used with this wine to add a little richness to the palate. A hint of almonds on the nose is very inviting, followed by dark fruits and a fresh palate with just the right amount of acidity. This is a great wine for matching with food, try it with salmon or tuna.
Established in 1896 Te Mata remains a family owned company, producing a range of wines from their vineyards in Hawkes Bay, New Zealand. The Syrah is bursting with black fruit combined with a hint of spice, the addition of a small amount of Viognier adds a soft floral note to the wine