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.
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 …
Fruit for the 2018 Sauvignon Blanc was sourced from seven different sites, the various soil types, including stony old river bed, clay and silty loam, all contribute different elements to the blend.
Each parcel of fruit was kept separate in the winery. Juices were predominately fermented in stainless steel using several different treatments, however 11% of the final wine was fermented in oak and acacia puncheons and barrels. A small component of 5% was fermented on skins. Around 35% of the blend was aged on full ferment lees for six months, the remainder on light lees.
Delicious and complex - smoky aromatics, with flint, bitter lemon citrus, grapefruit and tropical hints. The palate is rich, slightly chewy, with good mouthfeel, texture and harmony. Flavours of yellow citrus, currant, papaya and sweet herbs carry through the finish.
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…
Mountford Estate is a boutique vineyard and winery, internationally renowned for making elegant and interesting wines. The stunning 21 year-old, 10 hectare vineyard is situated on the Eastern hillside of the Waipara Valley, which is highly regarded for the limestone rich soil. They create wines of character and quality through a policy of watchful, non-interventionist winemaking. A combination of new and traditional techniques and technology are used. Mountford Estate has transitioned to using native yeasts, low sulphur and continue with a no fining or filtration policy where possible.
The 2014 Chardonnnay has rich, peachy aromas and light toast, with an impressive body and depth. Rich and complex, nutty and minerally. It has bold fruit, and is well-balanced with good acidity.
A rare treat for lovers of high quality Chardonnay made with a nod to the Burgundian style.
The Framingham Riesling vines, planted in 1981, are among the oldest in Marlborough. Grapes for the 2017 Noble Riesling were selected from the old, organically-grown vines on the Framingham estate vineyard. Soils there are of the old river bed type; fist-sized stones composed of greywacke (a hard, dark type of sandstone streaked with quartz and feldspar), mixed alluvial gravel and silt. Vineyard practice for this wine is geared to produce ripe grapes that have had maximum “hang time” on the vine.
A sweet, botrytis-affected wine inspired by the classic German “Beerenauslese” style. The wine is deeply concentrated, yet elegant and not cloying as a result of its vibrant acidity and naturally low alcohol, (9.5% ABV) On the nose, there are aromas of orange citrus, apricot, marmalade and cream with a rich mouthfeel and extract, lots of stone fruit and zesty flavours, all held together with the bright acidity.
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…
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.
Classic, crisp Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc oozing aromas and flavours of Gooseberry, Passion Fruit and a grassy herbaceousness. This is way better than the majority of bulk produced NZ Sauv. Blanc and is a great price for this quality.
Try with goat's cheese.
This wine won a Bronze medal in the Decanter World Wine Awards 2019, and its easy to see why. Full of zingy tropical fruit flavours with added complexity courtesy of the 5% Semillon grape in the final blend. The perfect summer drink, try it with a goats cheese tart you wont be disappointed!
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
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.
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.