100% Chardonnay sourced from the Paritua Vineyard block, adjacent to the winery. Selected rows of clones 95 and 15 were hand leaf plucked, bunch thinned and hand-harvested. Whole bunches were brought to the winery cool room for overnight chilling, and pressing took place the next day in the basket press. Juice was taken straight to barrel for fermentation. The lees were stirred after fermentation, and one racking took place during the barrel maturation, after which the lees were added back. About 40% underwent malolactic fermentation, and total time in barrel (1, 2 and 3 year old) was approximately 12 months.
Ripe citrus aromas of navel orange and stone fruit, medley of nougat, flint and vanilla notes. Silky attack with sweet fruit flavors of lychee and navel orange, almond and clove, rich mid-palate, with hints of nougat and vanilla balanced by fine oak and a lingering citrus finish. 14% alcohol. Less than 120 cases produced.
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.