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Flowering commenced in the first week of December. During this period the region experienced higher than average rainfall limiting the potential yields. January and February were some of the warmest months on record culminating in one of the earliest harvests seen in the region. Picking began in the first week of March and concluded in the first week of April. The harvest consequently wasn’t condensed allowing 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, providing the winemakers with an extensive array of complimentary blending components from which to assemble the wines.
Sourced from the Angler vineyard these hand harvest grapes were cold macerated for 5 days to extract colour and subtle tannins. The skins were gently pressed off, and the wine aged in French oak barriques for a minimum of 12 months prior to final blending and analysis.
Harvested 5th April 2019
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.
Black currant and baked raspberry, some fresh black pepper, clove and toasty wood scents, ripe, fruity, earthy and enticing. Youthful and tense on the palate with an abundance of tannins, plenty of acidity and a core of fruit. Wood flavours and pepper spice remain through the palate. Well made, youthful and needs some time. Best drinking from late 2021 through 2025.
93 points 5 Stars
Sweetly fruited and immediately appealing with Black Doris plum, blackberry, spicy oak and subtle cocoa notes on the nose. It's splendidly expressed on the palate displaying succulent fruit intensity and silky mouthfeel, finishing wonderfully long and plush. At its best: now to 2027.
Where are your wines made?
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.
Can I visit your vineyard / winery and do you offer winery tours and tastings?
You can visit our restaurant where you can taste our wines and enjoy a beautiful lunch surrounded by vines, but unfortunately due to health and safety regulations we are unable to have visitors at our winery.
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.