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Comprising 40 acres of gently rolling hills overlooking the Heretaunga plains, this boutique property encompasses the ideal terrior for both grapes & olives.
With views out across the beautiful Hawkes Bay, from Napier Hill to Cape Kidnappers, its north-facing slopes are ideally suited to capture optimal sun and are comprised of rich clays and a limestone substrate.
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.
Paige, Annabelle, Pieter & Sebastiaan
PIETER KOOPMAN, WINEMAKER
“Learn by doing” epitomizes the wine-making career of Pieter Koopman.
An avid interest in good food & wine, combined with a fascination for understanding processes and their outcomes, guided Pieter to his true calling. Coursework in viticulture & enology at UC Davis, in conjunction with hands on vintage work in Sonoma, California confirmed that growing and making great wine, complete from vine to bottle, was his passion.
His experimental, curious nature and an intrinsic feel for wine and its creation have defined Pieter’s approach to winemaking with a “less is more” belief that wine should not so much be ‘made’ as ‘made to reveal itself’. For him this process starts in the vineyard, which must be constantly tended and vigilantly pursued. His daily involvement keeps him attuned to the vines, the weather & the soil. This connection brings an emotional commitment and passion to his winemaking, while intellectually he strives to unlock and reveal the fundamental structure, texture & tannin of the fruit.
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.
Cellaring: 4 – 7 years from vintage
210 cases produced
$35.00 per bottle | $210.00 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.
Cellaring: 4 – 7 years from vintage
225 cases produced
$37.50 per bottle | $225.00 per 6 pack
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.
Cellaring: 7 – 10 years from vintage
70 cases produced
$45.00 per bottle | SOLD OUT
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.
Cellaring: 3 – 10 years from vintage
450 cases produced
$45.00 per bottle | $270.00 per 6 pack
2010 SILVER LINING SYRAH *****95
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.
Cellaring: 5 – 15 years from vintage
70 cases produced
$65.00 per bottle | $390 per 6 pack
EXTRA VIRGIN OLIVE OIL
Hand picking and cold pressing is essential to obtain oil with optimal character and low acidity. This award-winning oil is made primarily from Gidon olives, combined with a light blend of Barnea, Manzanilla, Verdale, and Souri olives to round out the palate.
Its full-flavoured, dense, velvety texture has a fresh, grassy character with a peppery finish.
The golden green colour and vibrant piquancy makes it ideal for dressings, pestos, tapenades, drizzling on pasta, or just simply dipping.
250ml $15.00 | $180 per dozen
100ml $8.00 | $96 per dozen
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This natural complement to our fine oil is made from grape must & aged in wooden casks. It is the ideal partner of our extra virgin olive oil in making delicious dippings or dressings.
250ml $12.50 | $150 per dozen
100ml $7.50 | $90 per dozen
SPICY DIPPING OIL
A zesty blend of oil, balsamic vinegar, garlic & spices. This savoury concoction is perfect for dipping crusty breads or drizzling over pasta & salads. Be ready for some garlic & spice!
100ml $11.50 | $138 per dozen
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