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Grown in the stony soils of our Home vineyard, handpicked fruit was gently pressed into French oak, fermented spontaneously and aged for 11 months. Aromas of ripe stone fruit, flint and citrus zest integrate with bold flavours of vanilla and brioche. The palate is powerful yet elegant expressing the excellent fruit weight balanced by fine acidity.
Flowering commenced in the first week of December. During this period, the region experienced perfect flowering conditions. January to March produced some of the driest months on record culminating in one of the most exceptional harvests ever seen from the region. Picking began in the 2nd week of March and concluded in the second week of April. The drawn-out nature of the harvest allowed the winemakers to pick at optimal balance and sugar ripeness, as well as physiological ripeness. The warm and fine weather through the late summer months has allowed the development of a riper spectrum of tropical flavours. The resulting wines have wonderful fruit concentration and aromatic power.
The grapes were carefully hand harvested in the early hours of the morning and returned to the winery in small bins. After gentle whole-bunch pressing in our basket press the juice was fermented in a mix of new and seasoned French oak. Free run juice was kept separate from the pressings and the wine underwent wild fermentation and then malolactic fermentation. After 11 months in barrel, the wine was blended and bottled on the Rose Family Estate.
Harvested 26 March - 4 April 2020
The Wairau Valley is one of three zones – along with the Southern Valleys and the Awatere Valley – which make up the heartland of New Zealand's Marlborough wine region. It accounts for approximately 45 percent of plantings within the wider region. An extensive patchwork of vineyards surrounds the town of Blenheim in the north-eastern corner of the South Island, near where the Wairau River meets the Pacific Ocean.
The Wairau Valley is a wide river valley that follows the Wairau River from the Spenser Mountains in the west to the Pacific at Cloudy Bay. The Richmond Mountains in the north separate it from the sunny region of Nelson, and the Wither Hills in the south protect the valley from harsh weather systems from the south-east.
In the low-lying area along the Wairau River Rapaura and Renwick are the most established zones. However in recent years vineyard plantings have extended further west along the narrow valley floor.
Wairau Valley has a warm, dry climate that is moderated during the growing season by sea breezes from Cloudy Bay. Hot sunshine during the day and cold ocean winds at night extend the ripening period in the grapes, leading to a balance of fruit complexity and acidity. This diurnal temperature variation is essential to the terroir in the Wairau Valley – without it, much of the classic punchiness of the wines made here would be lost.
No 1 Gold medal
“This is a wine that smells so good I’m struggling to wrest it away from my nose long enough to actually taste it!” said Yvonne. “It’s so vibrant, alive and saturated with flavour.” Rebecca loved its clean, balanced use of sulphides and notes of oatmeal and straw: “It has a lovely acid line that slices through notes of popcorn, buttered toast and lemon zest”. Cameron agreed, noting its intense toasty richness, citrus complexity and cashew nut creaminess. Outstanding. May 2021
5 stars 94 points
It's wonderfully complex and inviting on the nose showing golden peach, baked fig, cedar and nougat characters, leading to a succulent palate displaying plump mouthfeel and creamy texture. It's beautifully supported by refreshing acidity, finishing impressively long and satisfying. At its best: now to 2027.
Where are your wines manufactured?
All our wines are made on site in our winery. We draw fruit from our 15 estate vineyards, which means they are owned by us. We built our winery in 2002.
Does your Reserve Chardonnay have oak?
Yes we use 100% French oak and the wine undergoes natural fermentation to give the wine elegance and poise. The oak integrates well with the fruit in the wine to give complexity and texture.
How can I keep the wine fresh once a bottle has been opened?
To keep an open bottle of wine fresh, ensure the cap is tightly sealed after every glass pour. Our white wines and rosé should be stored, cap on, in a refrigerator to slow down oxidisation. For our red wines, keep the wine bottle out of light and stored at room temperature (below 21 degrees Celsius or 70 degrees Fahrenheit), or in a refrigerator.
How long will your wine last when opened?
White wines are good for 1-2 days and red wines for 3-5 days if stored correctly.