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Waipara River Estate 2010 Riesling and Pinot Noir

11 April,2013

Waipara River Estate is the boutique vineyard, pastoral farm and B&B accommodation operation of Michael Peters and Tina Besley, based on the former 32 ha Glenmark Wines property, which they purchased in 2007. They have upgraded all aspects of the business and have become fully immersed in the unique aspects of Waipara region, such as the ‘Greening Waipara’ project. The vineyard, planted mainly to Riesling, Pinot Noir, Gewurztraminer and Cabernet Sauvignon include some of the original ungrafted vines planted by John McCaskey in the 1980s, these figuring among the oldest in the district. These are in a block called ‘The Original Vineyard’. The viticulture is under the care of Gwyn Williams of Vinecare, supported by Trevor Carson in charge of farm and vineyard operations, and the winemaking is by veteran Kym Rayner of Torlesse.


Waipara River Estate ‘Single Vineyard Release’ Waipara Valley Riesling 2010

Riesling from New Zealand – Canterbury & Waipara


Brilliant straw-yellow colour with some lemon-gold hues, pale on rim. The bouquet is intense and firmly packed with concentrated aromas of limes, yellow florals and flinty, minerally reductive notes well-entwined with steely secondary toasty elements. The aromatics are presented with finesse. Medium-dry to taste, a complex amalgam of flavours shows with richness and weight. Citrus fruits, toast and honey intermingle with flint and minerals. The acidity is integrated, contributing to a rounded mouthfeel, and a creaminess envelops the subtle phenolic line through the palate. The flavours are carried to a soft, light finish with a good core and length. This is a soft-textured medium-dry Riesling with secondary toasty interest and reductive complexities. Serve as an aperitif and with Asian cuisine over the next 3-4 years. Riesling fruit fermented to 12.5% alc. and 20 g/L rs. 17.5-/20 Apr 2013 RRP $16.50

Waipara River Estate ‘Single Vineyard Release’ Waipara Valley Pinot Noir 2010

Pinot Noir from New Zealand – Canterbury & Waipara


Hand-picked estate old-vine fruit fermented to 14.5% alc, the wine aged 14 months in French oak barriques 2-5 y.o. Full, dark, ruby-red colour with garnet hues on edge. This has a soft, full nose with deep and concentrated aromas of savoury dark red berry fruits, harmoniously infused with secondary dried herb, mushroom and earthy notes that unfold in layers. Full-bodied with plenty of weight and presence, the flavours are a little reticent, being tightly packed with savoury red berry, herb and earthy flavours clearly showing bottle development. The tannins are fine-grained, tending to dryness, but are balanced by the fruit sweetness and good acidity. This has a completeness to the mouthfeel. Some alcohol warmth is noticeable and carries the palate to a long, savoury finish. This is a full-bodied Pinot Noir with shy flavours, showing complexing secondary development. Serve with casseroles and game meat dishes over the next 4-5 years. 17.5/20 Apr 2013 RRP $24.00

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