Wine Tasting Notes

waipara river wines


Our boutique vineyard estate specialises in hand tended grapes — Riesling, Gewürztraminer and Pinot Noir. They are hand harvested and produce a select range of artisan, premium wines as Single Vineyard Release wines (SVR). In 2015 we extended our range to Pinot Gris, grown locally on the South bank of the Waipara River.

Our wines are made by superb Waipara winemakers Kym Rayner and Theo Coles The wines are specifically crafted in elegant, textural, classical styles as approachable, enjoyable wines to suit all tastes and as an excellent compliment for many cuisines.

Pinot Noir grapes are juiced with skins on and fermented in French oak barrels for at least a year.

Riesling, Pinot Gris and Gewürztraminer are fermented as juice in stainless steel tanks.

We do not generally release our wines for two years after vintage to ensure they have properly matured. Once bottled they continue to mature and gain complexity. Drink now or cellar for several years.

Wine tasting notes:

Riesling

4 stars 17+/20 by Raymond Chan & 4.5 stars 91 Wine Orbit

Handcrafted from our own estate grown grapes that have produced over 30 medal winning wines.
A “beautifully maturing Riesling, the complex bouquet shows orange peel, lemon curd, mixed spice and toasty characters. The palate is juicy, rounded and smooth, enhanced by a subtle sweetness and bright acidity, making the wine immediately appealing and mouth-wateringly tasty. Medium dry. At its best now to 2018 ” (Sam Kim, Wine Orbit). April 2016
4 stars 17.5/20 by Raymond Chan & 4.5 stars 91 Wine Orbit

Full,light golden-yellow colour with some depth, lighter on the rim. This has a full and well proportioned bouquet with softly concentrated aromas of lime fruit and yellow florals entwined with secondary, complexing honey,cream-custard and toasty notes, building in intensity with very fine kerosene nuances with aeration. Medium in sweetness and light-medium bodied, the palate features a fine core of limes. Yellow florals, honey and toast. The mouth feel is soft and smooth flowing, with fine, drying textures providing linearity. The acidity is soft, providing gentle drive, and the wine leads to a slightly drying finish with honey, custard and toast notes. This is an elegant, medium Riesling which has developed attractive honey, cream custard and toast flavours, becoming a little dry on finish. Serve as an aperitif and with Middle Eastern fare over the next 2-3 years.” (Raymond Chan) April 2016

Machine Harvested April 2011, Brix 22.5 (sugars).Stainless steel fermented to 12% Alc./vol; Acid 6.8 gm/L [as tartaric]; Residual Sugar 20gm/L. Winemaker: Kym Rayner. SPECIAL PRICING

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Champion Canterbury Wine, Gold Medal – Canterbury A&P Show competition 2016
4 stars Wine NZ Magazine Spring 2016, Bronze – Canterbury Wine Awards 2016
5 stars, 18.5/20 by Raymond Chan & 4.5 Stars, 90 by Wine Orbit

“It is elegantly fragrant on the nose displaying lemon curd, backed apple and floral notes, leading to a finely textured palate that is delicately textured with crisp acidity. Beautifully poised with some bottle matured complexity, finishing long and refined.” Sam Kim. Wine Orbit.

Handcrafted from our own estate grown grapes that have produced over 30 medal winning wines, this classic medium dry Riesling has a fine balance of aromatic, fruit flavours and a crisp finish. With residual sweetness and fresh flavours, drink now or cellar for 3–5 years.

Machine Harvested April 2012, Brix 24.7 (sugars). 12% Alc./vol.; Acid 8.6 gm/L (as tartaric); Residual Sugar 20gm/L, pH3.3. Winemaker: Kym Rayner.

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4.5 Stars, 91 by Wine Orbit & 4 stars, 17.5/20 by Raymond Chan 

“An immediately appealing riesling; the fragrant bouquet shows mandarin, apple and lemon peel with subtle flinty notes. It is juicy and expressive on the palate, beautifully enhanced by subtle sweetness and perfectly pitched acidity. Flavoursome and lingering.” Sam Kim, Wine Orbit.

Handcrafted from our own estate grown grapes that have produced over 30 medal winning wines, this classic medium dry Riesling has a fine balance of aromatic, fruit flavours and a crisp finish. With residual sweetness and fresh flavours, drink now or cellar for 3–5 years.

Hand Harvested May 2013, Brix 22 (sugars). 12% Alc./vol.  pH 3.34, TA 8.1. Winemaker: Theo Coles.

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Handcrafted from our own estate grown grapes & selected Waipara grapes that have produced over 30 medal winning wines, this classic medium dry Riesling has a fine balance of aromatic, fruit flavours and a crisp finish. With residual sweetness and fresh flavours, drink now or cellar for 3–5 years.

Hand Harvested May 2014, Brix 22 (sugars). 12% Alc./vol.  pH 3.34, TA 8.1.

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Cabernet Sauvignon & blends

Small quantities available.

Hot Waipara summers enable our 30 year old vines on their own roots to ripen fully and produce an elegant classic style wine in a deep, rich, dark, black-hued red colour with a ruby edge. Plum, blackcurrant and chocolate flavours will develop complexity and intensity over time. The wine is medium-bodied, with fine-grained tannins in the background and a soft texture.

Crisp, edgy acidity provides a raciness and leads the flavours to a tight, slender finish with lingering herb nuances.  This is a tightly bound, slender, and fresh Cabernet Sauvignon with pure, cool-spectrum leafy flavours. Superb with food, meat and game. Drink now or cellar for 3–5 years or more. Hand Harvested May 2011, Brix 22 (sugars). 14.0% Alc./vol. Winemaker: Kym Rayner SPECIAL PRICE

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Hot Waipara summers enable our 30 year old vines on their own roots to ripen fully and produce an elegant classic style wine in a deep, rich, dark, black-hued red colour with a ruby edge. Plum, blackcurrant and chocolate flavours will develop complexity and intensity over time. The wine is medium-bodied, with fine-grained tannins in the background and a soft texture.

Crisp, edgy acidity provides a raciness and leads the flavours to a tight, slender finish with lingering herb nuances.  This is a tightly bound, slender, and fresh Cabernet Sauvignon with pure, cool-spectrum leafy flavours. Superb with food, meat and game. Drink now or cellar for 3–5 years or more. Hand Harvested May 2012, Brix 23 (sugars). 14% Alc./vol. Winemaker: Kym Rayner SPECIAL PRICE

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Hot Waipara summers enable our 30 year old vines on their own roots to ripen fully and produce an elegant classic style wine in a deep, rich, dark, black-hued red colour with a ruby edge. Plum, blackcurrant and chocolate flavours will develop complexity and intensity over time. The wine is medium-bodied, with fine-grained tannins in the background and a soft texture.

Crisp, edgy acidity provides a raciness and leads the flavours to a tight, slender finish with lingering herb nuances.  This is a tightly bound, slender, and fresh Cabernet Sauvignon with pure, cool-spectrum leafy flavours. Superb with food, meat and game. Drink now or cellar for 3–5 years or more. Hand Harvested May 2013, Brix 24.7 (sugars). 13% Alc./vol.  pH 3.27, TA 9. Winemaker: Theo Coles SPECIAL PRICE

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