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Pond Paddock - Wine2Trade Portfolio

01 January,2011


In August 2013, Daniele Alemagne purchased the remaining 1.4 ha of the Pond Paddock vineyard and house in Te Muna Road, Martinborough. Daniele who was born in Northern Italy was raised in winegrowing country in Switzerland, where he gained a love of and knowledge of wine. Coming to New Zealand in 2003 and working in real estate and running a 5-star accommodation business, he returned to his wine upbringing and obtained the 30 rows of Pinot Noir vines around the house on the former Barber property. Since then he has planted another 0.8 ha of Chardonnay in clones 95 and 548.

Daniele tends the vineyard with the assistance of Simone Amorese, a winemaker from Italy who lives on the property, and Paul Mason was contracted to make the first Pond Paddock wines. In 2014, the 4,000 vines yielded 6 tonnes of fruit to make approx. 550 cases of wine. The smaller 2015 harvest saw 2.5 tonnes harvested to make around 230 cases.

Simone recently joined Baptist Sieber and Carolyn Irwin of Colombo Winegrowers in Todds Road, and together, Simone and Baptist have now taken responsibility for making the Pond Paddock wines. Two new wines have been introduced, clearly designed with export in mind, a Sauvignon Blanc and a rosé, both from the 2016 vintage.  The Sauvignon Blanc is named 'Zarathustra', and the rose named 'Zoee', for Daniele's son and daughter respectively. Both are made from Martinborough fruit, but from outside the home block in Te Muna Road.

The production of Pond Paddock will always remain small, but Daniele’s intentions are for the quality to be high. www.pondpaddock.nz

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FEATURED WINES IN THIS REVIEW



Pond Paddock ‘Zarathustra’ Martinborough Sauvignon Blanc 2016

Sauvignon Blanc from New Zealand – Wairarapa & Wellington

17.5/20
Bright, light straw-yellow colour with pale green hues, very light on the rim. The nose is fresh and tightly bound, with ethereal, put positive aromas of tropical fruits and gooseberries along with gentle notes of fresh herbs and mouthwatering mineral nuances. With aeration, savoury, pungent passionfruit aromas emerge. Dry to taste and medium-bodied, the palate features bright and vibrant fruit flavours of passionfruit and tropical fruits, entwined with subtle notes of gooseberries, dark herbs and minerals. The palate is moderately concentrated and follows a firm, dry, phenolic textured line with crisp acidity lending energy and enhancing the vitality. The wine carries to a dry-textured, lingering finish with thirst-quenching passionfruit and mineral nuances. This is a fresh and lively Sauvignon Blanc with passionfruit, tropical fruit and mineral flavours on a firm, dry-textured palate. Serve with seafood, salads and vegetables, and Pacific Rim fare over the next 2 years. Fruit from 50% ‘Pencarrow’ vineyard and 50% ‘Canadoro’ vineyard, both on the Martinborough Terrace, 80% cool-fermented in tank and 20% in seasoned French oak to 13.0% alc. and 2 g/L RS, the wine aged 5 months on lees. 17.5/20 Nov 2016 RRP $22.00

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Pond Paddock ‘Zoée’ Martinborough Rosé 2016

Rose from New Zealand – Wairarapa & Wellington

17+/20
Bright, pale strawberry-pink colour with some depth, pale edged. This has a soft and delicate, clean and pure nose with a fine core of strawberry fruit and subtly lifted red florals along with thirst-quenching mineral elements. Dry to taste and medium-bodied, delicate and uncomplicated flavours of strawberries show with interwoven nuances of red florals and minerals. The mouthfeel is light and refreshing, guided by a very fine phenolic threaded line. Refreshing acidity provides poise and balance, and as the wine flows, sweet, aromatic cherry elements unfold and carry to a fine, moderately lingering, dry finish. This is a delicate, dry rosé with strawberry and floral fruit with subtle cherry aromatics and sweetness, and a refreshing, mouthwatering palate. Serve as an aperitif and with canapes over the next 2 years. 100% Abel clone, 50% from the ‘Thompson’ vineyard on Shooting Butts Road and 50% from the ‘Grava’ vineyard on Lake Ferry Road, both south of Martinborough village, harvested for rosé production, given 4 hours skin contact and tank fermented with 20% in seasoned French oak by indigenous yeasts to 13.0% alc. and 3.0 g/L RS. 17.0+/20 Nov 2016 RRP $24.00

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Pond Paddock Martinborough Pinot Noir 2015

Pinot Noir from New Zealand – Wairarapa & Wellington

18/20
Even ruby-red colour with slight purple hues, lighter on the rim and youthful in appearance. This has a gently full and voluminous nose, somewhat reserved in expression, unfolding primary aromas of dark raspberries, dark-red berry fruit and red liquorice, with dark herbs, to form a tight core, unveiling nuances of dark red florals, plum fruit and some spicy, nutty oak. Medium-bodied, the palate has a packed heart, gently unfolding subtle, but mouthfilling flavours of ripe, savoury raspberry and plum fruit, entwined with red florals, dark herbs, red liquorice and spice notes. The fruit is supported by plenty of fine-textured extraction providing flowery tannin structure, with integrated, soft acidity. The palate has concentration and textural linearity, carrying to an elegant, fine-featured and sustained finish of dark red berry and cherry fruit, plums and spice. This is a very fine-grained, firmly bound Pinot Noir with restrained dark-red fruits and spice notes that will grow in richness over the next 6 years. Serve with duck, pork, lamb and venison. Clone 114, 115, 5 and Abel fruit from vines 10+ y.o., fully destemmed and fermented to 13.0% alc., the wine spending 22 days on skins with a reduced regime of punch downs, the wine aged 10 months in French oak, 12.5% new and 37% 1 y.o. 230 cases made. 18.0/20 Sep 2016 RRP $36.00

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Pond Paddock Martinborough Pinot Noir 2014

Pinot Noir from New Zealand – Wairarapa & Wellington

18/20

Moderately deep ruby-red colour with purple hues, a little lighter on the rim. This has a softly full and deep nose of ripe dark red berry and black cherry fruit entwined with aromas of spicy plums and complex nuances of herbs, violet florals, earthy spices and mineral elements. Medium-full bodied, the palate is soft, rich and weighty with plenty of deep flavours of ripe dark red berry and plum fruit, with liquorice, dark herb, earth and spice notes. The fruit is sweet and ripe, and balanced by grainy tannin structure, lending a fulsome, textural mouthfeel. Some alcoholic power underlines the fruit and soft acidity adds to the gentle drive. Spicy plum and oak, with earthy layers are carried to a soft-textured, very long, sweet finish. This is a fulsome, sweetly rich Pinot Noir with dark berry, spicy plum and earthy flavours and a grainy, textural palate. Match with roasted red meats, casseroles and semi-hard cheeses over the next 5+ years. Two parcels of fruit from the ‘Pond Paddock’ vineyard, approx. 80% with clones 114, 115 and 5, with the remainder Abel clone, from vines over 10 y.o., fully destemmed, given a cool soak and indigenous yeast fermented to 14.4% alc., the parcels spending 20 and 24 days on skins respectively and aged 10 months in 18% new French oak barriques. 18.0/20 Nov 2015 RRP $36.00

New owners now. The wine made by Paul Mason. Dark, deep ruby-red with youthful purple hues at the heart. Elegant and tightly bound on nose with aromatic black fruits, along with black floral perfumes. Medium-bodied, and more up-front with sweet and aromatic black cherry and berry fruit flavours. Supple and fine-grained tannins, balanced acidity, just fades a touch on finish. Gentle, but beautifully fruited. 17.5/20 Jul 2015 RRP $36.00

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