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+ THE ESTATE
TE PAKEHO ESTATE is situated in the foothills overlooking the Heretaunga plains. Its name is derived from the Maori word for ‘The Limestone’ which is the primary substrate of these hills.
Comprising 40 acres of gently rolling hills, this boutique property contains the ideal terroir for both grapes & olives. With views out across beautiful Hawkes Bay, from Napier Hill to Cape Kidnappers, its north-facing slopes are ideally suited to capture optimal sun and provide the ideal ripeness to our hand harvested fruit.
Carefully chosen varietals, rootstocks & clones have been matched to the site-specific microclimate in an effort to compliment & enhance these wines. The comprehensive, hands-on vineyard care ensures a balanced canopy with low yield, high quality fruit, providing winemaker Pieter Koopman with a solid base from which he creates these exceptional wines of outstanding quality.
Syrah plantings are 100% heritage clone (also known as MS or Limmer). Fairly dense plantings coupled with the natural exposure that comes with hillside locations, ensures naturally lower yielding vines. The VSP trellising require only light top and side trimming and a 50% morning side leaf plucking in the fruiting zone to allow first light into to the bunches. Hand picking and gentle destemming ensure this special fruit reaches the fermenter in immaculate condition.
Our Chardonnay plantings are slightly less dense, allowing for a bit more air movement and light. Yields are also quite low, with a similar canopy treatment to the Syrah. Hand picking and then immediate whole bunch pressing ensure fresh pristine chardonnay juice which is then put directly to barrel for fermentation.
PIETER KOOPMAN, WINEMAKER
“Learn by doing” epitomizes the wine-making career of Pieter Koopman.
An avid interest in good food & wine, combined with coursework in viticulture & enology at UC Davis, confirmed that growing and making great wine, complete from vine to bottle, was his passion.
Pieter's experimental nature, along with his intrinsic understanding of wine and its creation, have defined his approach to winemaking. “Less is More” sums up his belief that wine should not so much be ‘made’ as ‘made to reveal itself’.
For him this process starts in the vineyard, which he constantly tends and vigilantly cultivates. His daily involvement keeps him attuned to the vines, the weather & the soil. This connection brings an emotional commitment to his winemaking, and his passion for quality is apparent in his pursuit to reveal the fundamental structure, texture & tannin of the fruit.
2010 CHARDONNAY - SILVER MEDAL (SF INTL WINE SHOW)
Pale straw colour and soft aromatic lilt promises a pristine, penetrating and refreshing wine. An aromatic array comprised of biscuit, hazelnut, lemon blossom, flint and peach pip mesh for a complex bouquet. The palate possesses a nice even richness and warmth which is poised by a subtle phenolic texture and fresh acidity. This wine is wonderfully rich and complete with a long, complex finish and an attractive mineral flair balancing the fruits’ natural sweetness.
$150.00 per 6 pack
2011 CHARDONNAY ****90
Elegant in its expression, this lightly oaked chardonnay has a tight nose with aromas of both stonefruit & citrus. A medium bodied wine comprised of a concentrated fruit core, and balanced with distinctive butter & nut flavours, it unfolds to reveal a fresh herb and minerally flint element. With its soft, creamy palate and dry texture this wine offers a pleasing, poised finish.
The nose is tight and elegant in expression with aromas of white stonefruits, citrus fruits, hints of fresh herbs and distinctive notes of buttered toast. Medium to full bodied, with a creamy texture and a nutty edge, revealing further hints of flinty mineral elements. The fruit has a deep and concentrated core and and a generous length. ﾠThis is a serious, dry textured Chardonnay.
Full, deep, Big Chardonnay with masses of texture and weight, sweet and toasty oak and gobs of fruit that fills your mouth completely, leaving no part of your palate untouched. ﾠThis Chardonnay was picked at peak ripeness and fermented in barrel on lees with plenty of lees stirring and full Malolactic fermentaion. ﾠEvery bit of this gorgeous hillside fruit was worked to its complete and utter expression, showing developed ripe peach, lemon curd, vanilla, butterscotch and caramel flavours.
Classic varietal characters of apricot, peach stone, and floral aromas. ﾠFlavours of lemon custard, vanilla and white peach flood the mouth, building on a palate that is rich and creamy, while still offering a lovely freshness that provides excellent balance toﾠa wine that has so much to offer. ﾠA concious nod to Condrieu.
2009 SYRAH ****90
Intensity of colour and complexity of aromatic profile give a hint to the subtle power in this wine. With an exotic nose that wafts between black cherry, an edge of pepper, and perfumed florals, this sophisticated wine reveals lovely spice amidst a wave of dense black fruit and savoury meaty flavours that lingers on the palate and leaves you begging for more. Subtle and silky, the persistent tannins bring a level of added intensity to this serious, balanced and concentrated expression of syrah.
2010 SYRAH ****92
Deep purple-hued and ruby-red in colour, this age worthy Syrah has a very elegant, tightly bound nose with dark fruit, wild berry and ground black pepper aromas interwoven with the fragrance of violets, herbs and spice box. Concentrated flavours of spicy blackberry, pomegranate and plums merge with liquorice and tobacco elements, forming an integrated and concentrated core and strong palate line. Fine, even grained tannins provide soft textures and a smooth flowing mouthfeel with a nice, complete finish. This is a serious, concentrated and subtly powerful Syrah.
$190.00 per 6 pack
2010 SILVER LINING SYRAH *****98 DOUBLE GOLD MEDAL
(SF INTL WINE SHOW)
Our barrel select Syrah. A very elegant, refined and tightly bound nose with black fruits and cracked black pepper aromas interwoven with violetty perfumes, oak spices and toast. Medium-full bodied, spicy black berry fruits, plums and liquorice merge with dark herb and some earthy elements, forming an dense, powerful core and complete palate line. The rich, juicy flavours are supported by very fine tannins which provide soft textures and a smooth flowing mouthfeel. The acidity is discrete, allowing the wine to finish with fine, grainy, dusty tannins. 2 years elevage in 33% french oak. Bottled under cork.
$300.00 per 6 pack
2011 SYRAH *****94
The advantages of a warm hillside site have enabled us to make a big juicy ripe wine in a relatively cool year. ﾠThis Syrah is a classic varietal bouquet of dark berry fruits, cracked pepper andﾠ wild herb notes andﾠ spicy oak. Medium-full bodied, with a concentrated, deep core of strong, black fruits, violet perfume and a juicy, lush palate. ﾠ Soft, supple tannins underline the rich berry flavours and mouthfeel. The wine has a sustained finish with pepper and spice nuances that leave you wanting more.
The nose leaps out of the glass with marvelous lifted floral, wild herb and bramble notes. Youthful in appearance, this is an medium-full bodied, fine grain Syrah with a deep, ruby red colour and underlying purple hue. Rich black fruit, oak, spices and toast ﾠintermingle with spicy plum and liquorice, dark herbs and some stalky elements, forming an integrated and concentrated core and a strong palate line.
The flavours are supported by very fine tannins which provide soft textures and a smooth flowing mouthfeel.
The acidity is discrete, allowing the wine to finish with fine, grainy, drying tannins.
TE PAKEHO ESTATE LTD
156 Anderson Road
Paki Paki, Hastings 4178