100% Chardonnay (clone 95 and 15) grown on a standard two cane canopy, from the westernmost part of the Paritua vineyard on Marekakaho Road in the Bridge Pa Triangle wine region. Fruit exposure was limited in order to achieve excellent flavor and phenolics balance. Several batches of machine and hand harvested fruit were de-stemmed to press. After a slow pressing the juice was settled and then fermented in both stainless-steel tanks and French oak barriques (20%). Fermentation proceeded with selected yeast strains to create complexity and depth. The wine was kept on the lees for 12 months (still 80% tanks, 20% barrels) before blending, fining and filtration.
Ripe tropical notes of lychee, melon, and cantaloupe, citrus blossom and peach aromas with nougat and vanilla notes. The gentle influence of oak accentuates the sweet melon and peach flavors. The texture is creamy and luscious with a full, rich tropical fruit finish. 13.5% 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 meanders 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 pre 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 winegrowing 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 only in outstanding vintages, whilst our Stone Paddock selection of wines are made every year using grapes grown on our own estate and carefully selected regional vineyards.
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.