Sauvignon Blanc – Grace
100% Sauvignon Blanc from 15 year old vines grown on alluvial soil (gravel and silty loam). The vines were leaf plucked and bunch thinned to achieve optimum fruit quality and harvested separately by hand. Trays with whole bunches were placed in the winery cool room for overnight chilling. Pressing took place the folllowing day in the basket press. The juice was then taken straight to barrel for fermentation. The wine was lees stirred after fermentation on a weekly basis for 3 months. 11 months in barrel – 33% new oak. Minimal fining and filtration before bottling.
This is an unmistakable New Zealand Sauvignon Blanc with the element of barrel fermentation to add complexity, structure and ageability. The nose has passionfruit and nectarine with hints of quince and vanilla pod. The palate is refreshing with tropical fruit characters, subtle oak and crisp acidity giving the wine structure and length. 12% Alcohol.
About the Producer
Paritua was established in 2003 and is owned by 5 shareholding families. The name is a tribute to the Paritua Stream, which flows gently through the vineyard. Paritua means the meandering stream above the ancient river. The vineyard is planted over the historical riverbed of the nearby Ngaruroro River which flowed through until the 1860s earthquake. It is a name that also acknowledges the connection with the land and the people of New Zealand.
The vineyards are located in the heart of Hawkes Bay, in the ‘Bridge Pa Triangle’ district - a premium wine-growing sub-region that extends over more than 2,000 hectares on the western side of the Heretaunga plains and includes the largest concentration of vineyards in Hawke’s Bay. The 53 hectares (130 acres) of vines were planted in a single-block in 2003, with 70% devoted to red varieties – Cabernet Sauvignon, Syrah, Merlot, Cabernet Franc, Malbec – and Sauvignon Blanc and Chardonnay completing the picture. Surrounded by hills, Paritua’s vineyard enjoys stony, free draining soils, long summers and crisp winters, which combine to create exceptional wines. Wines bearing the Paritua name are only produced in outstanding vintages, while the Stone Paddock wines are made every year using estate grapes grown and carefully selected purchased fruit. The total production is 20,000 - 25,000 cases per year.
The development of the vineyard and winery infrastructure was a collaboration with leading New Zealand architects, Crosson Clarke Carnachan who understood the drive for bold architecture that truly embraces the landscape. Every design aspect was carefully considered - the winemaking operation had to be not only efficient, but also sustainable with the added requirement to sit gracefully in its environment.
Farming practices: the vineyard is 100% accredited by Sustainable Winegrowers of New Zealand (SWNZ), widely recognized as a world-leading sustainability program, one of the first to be established in the international wine industry. Paritua has also recently started down the organic certification track; they are in conversion to be certified as Organic by 2021. BioGro NZ are the Organic auditing body who they are working with to achieve this.