For the first time,
Launching initially with the 2018 te Pa Hillside Reserve Sauvignon Blanc (from the estate-owned Redwood Hills vineyard in the Awatere Valley) and the 2017 te Pa St. Leonard’s Reserve Chardonnay (from the St Leonard’s vineyard in the Central Wairau Valley), the Reserve Collection offers wines grown and made to express each vineyard’s terroir.
Winemaker Sam Bennett says, “The Reserve Collection was initially conceived to highlight the differences between our two key Sauvignon Blanc estate vineyards, being the Wairau Bar vineyard, and the Redwood Hills vineyard in the Awatere Valley. This concept was expanded to include a Chardonnay and a Pinot Noir from some exceptional vineyards in the Central Wairau Valley.”
In terms of
Bennett says, “These are wines that are pure and authentic expressions of where and how they are grown. Of course, being expressive is only one part of the equation; these wines also have to be delicious and they will only be produced from sites and in seasons where we consider the fruit quality to be exceptional.
“In practical winemaking
Even before being released into
The Hillside Reserve Sauvignon Blanc was produced from handpicked fruit grown on the mid and upper slopes of
The St Leonard’s Reserve Chardonnay was made from mature Mendoza clone fruit from the St Leonard’s Vineyard. Concentrated and elegant, this wine expresses vibrant fruit with a beautifully textured palate. Hand-picked, whole bunch pressed, high solids ferment, un-filtered and un-fined, this is a selection of our six best barrels from this vineyard site.
The 2017 te Pa Reserve Taylor River Pinot Noir is due to be released in the Southern Hemisphere’s winter (