Pond Paddock – Wine2Trade Portfolio

01-Sep-2020
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 Archived tasting notes on wines no longer commercially available can be seen by clicking here

FEATURED WINES IN THIS REVIEW

  • Pond Paddock Zoée Rosé 2019, Martinborough
  • Pond Paddock ‘Zarathustra’ Martinborough Sauvignon Blanc 2017
  • Pond Paddock Martinborough Pinot Noir 2014
  • Pond Paddock Martinborough Pinot Noir 2015

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