"Aria" Riesling: 100% Riesling. The wine shows ripe stone fruit characters suggestive of yellow fleshed peaches and apricots intertwined with hints of berries, loquats and fresh figs. Honeysuckle and comb honey characters come from the botrytis. Underneath there are citrus impressions of lemons, limes and mandarins, which are supported by a core of tingling acidity and minerality, drawing out the length and acting as a perfect foil to its luscious sweetness. Careful cellaring should result in a range of additional fascinating nuances. While ready to drink on release it should continue to improve over the next 5-7 years and live 15 years or more.
"Bel Canto" Dry Riesling: This dry Riesling is a very different style from the classic. The most golden bunches are selected, some shrivelled and some botrytic. The average degree brix of the juice is 25.5. On release the aromas and flavours suggest lemons, limes, apples, and nectarines. On entry it seems deceptively light, but quickly expands to fill the mouth with impressive fruit concentration and depth.
Riesling: 100% Riesling. The Waipara Valley has the ideal growing conditions for this variety. Low cropping levels, warm days and cool nights enables the fruit to ripen fully while retaining excellent natural acidity. Tank fermentation at cool temperatures helps retained purity and focus to this off-dry style. The wine’s bouquet and flavour suggests citrus fruit, especially limes, along with peaches, nectarines, pineapple and tropical spices.
Sauvignon Semillon: This classical blend is made up of 70% tank fermented Sauvignon Blanc and 30% barrel fermented Semillon. Natural fermentation by indigenous yeast is followed by 10 months ageing on lees. The resulting wine has a mid palate richness, texture and length not usually associated with New Zealand Sauvignon Blanc. The exotic aromas and flavors of this wine suggest tropical spices, Turkish musk, and passion-fruit supported by an array of citrus fruits and wild thyme. The wine has good concentration in the mouth but is refined and elegant with a spine of tingling minerality and crisp acidity which complement its lingering, dry finish.
Chardonnay: 100% Chardonnay. Made from 25 year old, ultra-low cropping Mendoza clone this Chardonnay has power and intensity. Barrel fermentation with natural yeasts and some solids is followed by 12 months aging in French oak barriques of which 30% were new. The resulting wine is a multilayered, full bodied Chardonnay that also displays focus and restraint. Impressions of peaches, yellow plums, greengages and citrus fruits blend with those of lightly buttered toast, wood smoke and liquorice.
"Virtuoso" Chardonnay: There is a core of aromas and flavours derived from the fruit, giving impressions of lemons, limes, peaches, greengages and loquats. These are interwoven with savoury nuances of barbequed sweet corn, grilled bacon, wood-smoke and toast. The emphasis on the palate is one of harmony and balance. The wine has restrained concentration and power but there is also elegance and finesse. A seam of minerality and tangy acidity flow through the palate, helping to draw out its lingering after-taste. While ready to drink on release, with careful cellaring it should become more complex and integrated over the next 5 or 6 years and last a decade or more.
Pinot Noir: 100% Pinot Noir made from 25+ year old vines on limestone soil. The Waipara Valley has ideal conditions for producing complex and full bodied Pinot Noir. Over 40 individual batches from more than 10 clones have been fermented separately aiming to extract only the velvety tannins. The wine was subsequently aged in French oak barriques for 18 months, 30% new. Bright crimson in color, the wine has vibrant aromas and flavors suggest black cherries, blackberries, raspberries and mulberries. A spine of ripe tannins flows through the wine and helps draw out its lingering after-taste.
"Prima Donna" Pinot Noir: 100% Pinot Noir. Pinot Noir is the flagship red and PRIMA DONNA, is the top Pinot Noir. It is produced solely in the finest years, and it is a selection of the best barrels and made only if the growers feel the estate Pinot Noir will not be compromised by doing so. It is a tribute to the ultimate quality but somewhat temperamental nature of Pinot Noir. The wine has a vibrant crimson hue. The unfolding aroma is multi-layered and complex, suggesting bright red fruits, blackberries, raspberries, black cherries and purple plums.