Pinot Noir Canterbury & Central Otago New Zealand
At the ends of the earth, high in the topographically challenging aspects of New Zealand's South Island, rises Mountain Buttercup. Delicate in visage and beautiful to behold, it belies its harsh upbringing. Waipara Hills is part of a wild, wayward landscape where vines have survived perilous winters to produce complex, elegant wines for you to enjoy. Parcels of Pinot Noir are earmarked on the basis of strong varietal definition, supportive tannins and refreshing acidity, vinified to a vibrant, forward drinking, fruit driven styling.
Waipara Hills are high achievers in the sphere of New Zealand Pinot Noir. Fruit is sourced off vines which have been trained to exploit the terroir by growing those clones of Pinot Noir which are best suited to the location and mesoclime. All vineyards are managed on site by a small and highly motivated core team of personnel, each site is of sufficient scale to provide optimal economy. A great amount of work is required to bring in the fruit all at once, but the effort is rewarded by a splendid wine. Waipara Hills is vinified by the addition of choice yeasts, followed by a term of maturation in a mixture of tank and oak barrels to retain fresh fruit character while introducing richness and complexity.
Garnet red colour. Lifted aromas of plums, dark cherries, leather and dried spice enhance the immediate appeal of the bouquet. A soft and silky beginning leads to a full, rich and structured palate with dark red fruits, dried spice and leather characters that linger and linger. A revitalizing drink now style of Pinot Noir that's perfect with duck or game.