Brix:  23.2
Fermentation:  Small open top vats
Maturation:  100% French Oak (Aged and new)
Alcohol: 13.0% T.A  7.0g/L  pH  3.65
Residual sugar: 2.5g/L
Enclosure: Screwcap


Cellar Notes

Pinot noir grapes were cold soaked on skins for several days in small 1.5T fermenters. A combination of Pinot Noir yeasts and wild fermentations were carried out on the different vineyard batches. Post fermentation maceration occurred until the optimum tannin extraction was achieved. The wine was pressed and put to barrel for maturation with a % of barrels being new French oak. ML was completed naturally in the spring. All barrels were tasted to find the perfect combination that has been selected for this wine.

Tasting Notes

Lifted aromatics displaying dark berry fruits, vanilla and a hint of savoury character. This wine is elegant in structure showing complex fine grained silky tannins and displays great balance, length and concentration. Food: Delicate red meats and game meats, particularly duck.



The 2012 (2.5*), grown at two sites – Waipara Springs and Waipara Downs – was made in a 'fruit-forward' style. It has fullish, slightly developed colour, with mouthfilling body, spicy, herbal flavours and a smooth finish. The 2013 vintage (3.5*), matured in a 50:50 split of tanks and French oak barrels (10 per cent new), is ruby-hued, mouthfilling and fragrant, with good depth of plum, spice, herb and nut flavours, considerable complexity and lots of drink-young appeal. Michael Cooper's Buyer's Guide to New Zealand Wines 2015.


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