Gold Medal – New Zealand International Wine Show 2019
Priced for everyday drinking, the 2019 Waipara Hills is a beaut follow up to last year's triple trophy winning effort. It's bright and juicy with a touch of up-front sweetness but a crisp and dry finish. Made from Waipara Pinot Noir it's deliciously refreshing, and perfectly priced to keep in the fridge at all times!
Winery notes (2019 Vintage)
"Sourced from The Mound, Deans and Home Block vineyards in the Waipara Valley, with deep free draining Glasnevin gravels. Pinot Noir fruit parcels harvested in the cool of the morning, crushed and soaked on skins for 4 hours to develop. Drained juice was then settled and racked before fermentation. Once desired sweetness reached, the ferment was cooled and stopped. Wine was left on lees for several weeks, before being fined using traditional methods.
Subtle pink blush. Aromas of lifted light red berry fruit such as raspberry and a hint of stone fruit. Gentle red berry fruit flavours provide an inviting entry to a more complex, textured and mineral palate with a balanced crisp finish."
4 ½ Stars, Top 10 & Best Buy, Cuisine Rose Tasting, December 2019 (2019 Vintage)
"Beautiful, bright, supple cream-soda notes with confectionery and fresh herb notes on the nose. the palate is alive. lovely and long, a very deft touch as the wine dances lightly along your palate."
4 Stars Michael Cooper (2019 Vintage)
"Looking good for this summer, the 2019 vintage is a bright pink, vivacious wine, grown in the Home Block (mostly) and briefly lees-aged. Medium-bodied, it is fresh and vibrant, with lively strawberry and spice flavours, a touch of tannin, and a basically dry (4.2 grams/litre of residual sugar), appetisingly crisp finish. Fine value."
Yvonne Lorkin, August 2019 (2019 Vintage)
"Brand new Cantabrian cherries and cream-filled rosé here from the fine folk at Waipara Hills. With raspberry and watermelon flavours, it’s fresh and zesty, crisp and crunchy, simple and satisfying."
88/100 Cameron Douglas MS, August 2019 (2019 Vintage)
"Fresh, juicy and flesh red fruit aromas suggesting strawberry and roses, peach tea and red melon. Fleshy, juicy and fruity on the palate with a youthfully firm texture led by the ripe acidity and contrasted by the core of fruit. Crisp and dry on the finish. Well made and presented in a drink now style. Cellar properly and enjoy through to end of 2021."