2009 SVR Pinot Noir  Waipara Fields

Second Release of our Flagship wine
Our Flagship Wine: Single Vineyard Release

2009 SVR Pinot Noir  Waipara Fields Vineyards

  • Grapes are from the Waipara Fields Vineyard located in Waipara at latitude 43° South, overlooking Omihi Road (SH1).

  • The soil is clay loam facing north west and sloping to the valley floor allowing good air drainage and maximising the afternoon sunshine. The average age of the Pinot Noir vines varies from 7 to 10 years. The clones are CL5 and 667.

Wine Making

  • All hand harvest on April 10 and 11

  • Harvest brix was 26 brix

  • Fermentation was in small vessels [1500L] 3 day cool soak, inoculated with yeast, fermentation was 4-6 days peaking at 32 C, hand plunged then allowed 10 days on skins. Total skin contact time was 20 days

  • Pressing was in a traditional Basket Press

  • Cooperage was a mixture of French barriques ranging in age from new to 6+ years. Duration is approx 14 months

  • Malo lactic fermentation starts naturally in Spring and the wine has a SO2 addition once ML is complete. This wine stayed on light lees in the barriques and was only racked prior to bottling.

Bottle Details

  • Alcohol 14.5 % by volume

  • Acid 5.5 g/L [as tartaric]

  • Volatile Acidity 0.5 g/L

  • Residual Sugar <1 g/L

  • 150 cases produced

Winemaker's Comments

The second SVR [Single Vineyard Release] under the Omihi Road label.

This wine always displayed superior flavours from samples taken during fermentation and barrel maturation. The decision to keep this batch separate and label as a Single Vineyard Release was done for a number of reasons. The wine shows a richness and character that is different from our other vineyard sites, it has more middle palate weight yet still has a soft supple finish. Peer group comments from visiting winemakers have always identified this wine as a distinctive style and worth keeping separate. Many of the characters are a reflection of the 2007 Waipara vintage. It was disappointingly small in quantity due to poor fruit set, but the positive aspect was small cropping levels allowed the vines to ripen the fruit to its full potential. Excellent autumn conditions with no rain gave a high percentage of grape skins to juice which imparted rich flavours into the wine. The winemaker, Kym Rayner expect this wine to evolve over 5-7 years and showcase the rich ripe characters that Waipara can produce from a superior site.

The wine has berry fruit and spicy oak with a rich full middle palate showing hints of dark chocolate and some savory flavours finishing firm with a lingering aftertaste.

This wine has used the screw top closure to preserve fresh fruit flavours then allow the wine to age gracefully and reach its full potential with no bottle variation.

Very Limited in production, this wine illustrates Waipara Pinot Noir at its best. Enjoy

2007 SVR Pinot Noir  Waipara Fields

Our Flagship Wine: Single Vineyard Release

2007 SVR Pinot Noir  Rayner

Vineyards

  • Grapes are from the Rayner Vineyard located in Waipara at latitude 43° South, overlooking Omihi Road (SH1).

  • The soil is clay loam facing north west and sloping to the valley floor allowing good air drainage and maximising the afternoon sunshine. The average age of the Pinot Noir vines varies from 7 to 10 years. The clones are CL5 and 667.

Wine Making

  • All hand harvest on April 10 and 11

  • Harvest brix was 26 brix

  • Fermentation was in small vessels [1500L] 3 day cool soak, inoculated with yeast, fermentation was 4-6 days peaking at 32 C, hand plunged then allowed 10 days on skins. Total skin contact time was 20 days

  • Pressing was in a traditional Basket Press

  • Cooperage was a mixture of French barriques ranging in age from new to 6+ years. Duration is approx 14 months

  • Malo lactic fermentation starts naturally in Spring and the wine has a SO2 addition once ML is complete. This wine stayed on light lees in the barriques and was only racked prior to bottling.

Bottle Details

  • Alcohol 14.5 % by volume

  • Acid 5.5 g/L [as tartaric]

  • Volatile Acidity 0.5 g/L

  • Residual Sugar <1 g/L

  • 100 cases produced

Winemaker's Comments

The first SVR [Single Vineyard Release] under the Omihi Road label.

This wine always displayed superior flavours from samples taken during fermentation and barrel maturation. The decision to keep this batch separate and label as a Single Vineyard Release was done for a number of reasons. The wine shows a richness and character that is different from our other vineyard sites, it has more middle palate weight yet still has a soft supple finish. Peer group comments from visiting winemakers have always identified this wine as a distinctive style and worth keeping separate. Many of the characters are a reflection of the 2007 Waipara vintage. It was disappointingly small in quantity due to poor fruit set, but the positive aspect was small cropping levels allowed the vines to ripen the fruit to its full potential. Excellent autumn conditions with no rain gave a high percentage of grape skins to juice which imparted rich flavours into the wine. The winemakers, Paul Hewett and Kym Rayner expect this wine to evolve over 5-7 years and showcase the rich ripe characters that Waipara can produce from a superior site.

The wine has berry fruit and spicy oak with a rich full middle palate showing hints of dark chocolate and some savory flavours finishing firm with a lingering aftertaste.

This wine has used the screw top closure to preserve fresh fruit flavours then allow the wine to age gracefully and reach its full potential with no bottle variation.

Very Limited in production, this wine illustrates Waipara Pinot Noir at its best. Enjoy

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