Wine Tasting Notes

waipara river wines

Our boutique vineyard estate specialises in hand tended grapes — Riesling, Gewürztraminer, Pinot Noir and Cabernet Sauvignon. They are now machine 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 and Cabernet Sauvignon 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 botted they continue to mature and gain complexity. Drink now or cellar for several years.

 

Wine tasting notes:

Riesling

Gold- New World Wine Awards 2012; Silver-Bragato 2010; Bronze- Air New Zealand 2010 & Royal Easter Show 2012 SOLD OUT
Silver – Canterbury Wine Awards 2016
4 stars 17.5/20 by Raymond Chan & 4.5 stars 91 Wine Orbit

Handcrafted from our own estate grown grapes that have produced over 30 medal winning wines, this classic medium dry Riesling has a fine balance of aromatic, fruit flavours and a crisp finish.

An “immensely appealing riesling with fragrant mandarin, floral, peach and apple aromas. The palate is succulent and lush with whispering sweetness and bright acidity, highlighting the lovely flavours. Refreshing and crisp to the finish, this is a real charmer” (Sam Kim, Wine Orbit).

With residual sweetness and fresh flavours, drink now or cellar for 3–5 years. Machine Harvested April 2010, Brix (sugars) from 20 to 21. Alcohol 12.5%; Acid 7.2 gm/L [as tartaric]; Residual Sugar 20gm/L. Winemaker: Kym Rayner. SOLD OUT

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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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Handcrafted from our own estate grown grapes this moderately sweet wine is finely concentrated with flavours of ripe, savoury mandarins and caramelised fruit with notes of raisins, wild honey and nuts. The acidity is balanced and along with the alcohol, provides good drying cut.

A wonderful wine as an aperitif or with dessert or cheeses. It has a fine balance of aromatic, fruit flavours and a crisp finish, with residual sweetness. Drink now or cellar for 3–5 years. Hand harvested May 23 2011. Brix 33 (sugars). 13.0% Alc./vol., Residual Sugar 100 gm/L. Winemaker: Kym Rayner SPECIAL PRICING

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IWSC Silver Award 2016
Canterbury Wine Awards 2016 CHAMPION WINE Gold Medal Winner! Lane Neave Lawyers Cheese Trophy
NZ national Bragato Awards 2015 Pure Silver Medal Winner!
5 stars Wine NZ Magazine Spring 2016
5 Stars, 93 by Wine Orbit & 4.5 stars, 18/20 by Raymond Chan 

“This is impressively powerful and intense, packed with honey, marmalade, acacia and candied citrus peel flavours. It is lusciously sweet and generous on the palate, backed by bright acidity, and finishes beautifully long and delicious.” Sam Kim, Wine Orbit.

Handcrafted from our own estate grown grapes this moderately sweet wine is finely concentrated with flavours of ripe, savoury mandarins and caramelised fruit with notes of raisins, wild honey and nuts. The acidity is balanced and along with the alcohol, provides a fine balance of aromatic, fruit flavours and a crisp finish, with residual sweetness. A wonderful wine as an aperitif or with dessert or cheeses. Drink now or cellar for 3–5 years.

Machine harvested May 23 2013. Brix 40+ (sugars). 13% Alc./vol.
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Pinot Gris

Silver Canterbury Wine Awards 2016.
Pure Bronze Air New Zealand Awards 2015. Awarded 4 stars, 17.5/20 Jun 2015 by Raymond Chan. 4.5 stars, 90 by Sam Kim Wine Orbit

“The wine shows Alsace-like richness and opulence, displaying backed pear, brioche, stone fruit and flinty aromas on the nose, followed by a succulent palate that is rounded and smooth. There’s a hint of sweetness which is brilliantly countered by crisp acidity, making it a delightfully rich style of pinot gris with a refreshing finish.” Sam Kim, Wine Orbit.

From vineyards on the south bank of the Waipara River, our Pinot Gris an Alsatian rather than a Pinot Greggio style. Harvested with a good portion of nice botrytis for a mouthfeel richness & complexity, it is very full bodied with ripe phenolics giving structure rather than acid. A great wine that is much more interesting and substantial than most Pinot Gris.

Machine Harvested April 2014, brix approx. 27 (sugars), 14% Alc./vol.

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Pinot Noir

Awarded 4 stars, 17/20 Jul 2013 by Raymond Chan

Maturing beautifully, our Single Vineyard Release Pinot Noir is handcrafted, small vessel fermented, hand plunged and goes through the traditional basket press that adds to its complexity. After pressing, the wine is matured in French barriques (barrels) for over a year. With a classic Pinot Noir character, focusing on balance and elegance, it has savoury aromas, is full and silky on the palate with lovely flow and plenty of fine, dusty tannins of a full pinot.

Dark cherry and berry fruit flavours with a rich full middle palate show hints of black forest cake and dark chocolate, finishing firm with a lingering after-taste. A stylish Pinot Noir that will evolve and become more complex with further cellaring for 5 years or more.

Hand Harvested April 2011, Brix 25 (sugars). 14% Alc./vol. Winemaker: Kym Rayner SOLD OUT

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“The wine is sweetly fragrant and inviting with aromas of dark berry, game, clove, cedar and floral, which lead to a succulent palate that is beautifully weighted and attractive. It is silky and polished, and finishes long and stylish. A lovely combination of fruit richness and stylish savoury complexity.” Sam Kim, Wine Orbit.
“Earthy,savoury and spicy, the bouquet shows mature fruit, game, nutmeg and clove characters, leading to a silky-smooth palate that is filled with sweet fruit intensity and rounded mouthfeel. A complex offering ideally suited to partner slow cooked meat dishes. At its best now to 2017.” Sam Kim, Wine Orbit. April 2016

Continuing to mature beautifully, our Single Vineyard Release Pinot Noir is handcrafted, small vessel fermented, hand plunged and goes through the traditional basket press that adds to its complexity. After pressing, the wine is matured in French barriques (barrels) for over a year. With a classic Pinot Noir character, focusing on balance and elegance, it has savoury aromas, is full and silky on the palate with lovely flow and plenty of fine, dusty tannins of a full pinot.

Dark cherry and berry fruit flavours with a rich full middle palate show hints of black forest cake and dark chocolate, finishing firm with a lingering after-taste. A stylish Pinot Noir that will evolve and become more complex with further cellaring for 5 years or more. Hand Harvested May 2012, Brix 26.5 (sugars). 14% Alc./vol. Winemaker: Kym Rayner

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PURE BRONZE Air New Zealand Awards 2015; Awarded 4 stars, 17/20 Jun 2015 by Raymond Chan  4.5 Stars, 90 by Sam Kim Wine Orbit

“An elegant expression, the wine is beautifully rounded and smooth with fragrant dark berry, game, mushroom and nutty characters. The palate offers fine texture and delicate tannins, and finishes long and soothing.” Sam Kim, Wine Orbit.

Still young, but maturing beautifully, our Single Vineyard Release Pinot Noir is handcrafted, small vessel fermented, hand plunged and goes through the traditional basket press that adds to its complexity. After pressing, the wine is matured in French barriques (barrels) for over a year. With a classic Pinot Noir character, focusing on balance and elegance, it has savoury aromas, is full and silky on the palate with lovely flow and plenty of fine, dusty tannins of a full pinot.

Dark cherry and berry fruit flavours with a rich full middle palate show hints of black forest cake and dark chocolate, finishing firm with a lingering after-taste. A stylish Pinot Noir that will evolve and become more complex with further cellaring for 5 years or more. Hand Harvested April 2013, Brix 24 (sugars). 13% Alc./vol.  pH 3.27, TA 8. Winemaker: Theo Coles.

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4.5 Stars, 90 by Sam Kim Wine Orbit April 2016
“A lovely complex offering, the fragrant bouquet shows dark cherry, plum, cured meat and mixed spice characters, followed by a succulent palate that is rounded and silky, backed by fine, chalky tannins. A generously flavoured pinot with elegant savoury complexity. At its best now to 2019..”

Hand picked from the oldest vines in the Waipara Valley plus traditional wine making methods and maturation in French barriques have produced a classic style rich ruby red Pinot Noir that is rich, spicy, balanced and elegant with soft ripe tannins and cherry berry fruit flavours. Drink now or cellar for several years to develop complexity. Harvested Brix 23.8 ( sugars) 13.5% Alc/vol. TA 8.1 Wine maker: Kym Rayner

 

Cabernet Sauvignon & blends

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Our Cabernet/ Merlot contains only estate grown grapes – primarily 25-year-old Cabernet Sauvignon vines from our boutique vineyard, plus some Merlot and Cabernet Franc from the neighbouring Mackenzie Vineyard, all handpicked in excellent condition. This artisan wine is handcrafted and is matured in French barriques (barrels) for over a year.

The wine is black-hued red colour with a ruby edge. It presents a classic Bordeaux style character, focusing on balance and elegance, yet full bodied. With classic fruit flavours, its traditional style could cellar for 5 -7 years or more. Hand harvested May 2010. Brix 21.5 (sugars), 13.5% Alc./vol. Winemaker: Kym Rayner. SOLD OUT

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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 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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