Estate Red Blend
60% Merlot, 26% Cabernet Sauvignon, 14% Cabernet Franc. Fruit from selected blocks of the Maraekakaho vineyard, pruned to one bunch per cane for low yields, with a manual leaf pluck prior to veraison. The canopy is kept open to allow airflow and sun exposure, and the grapes are hand-harvested at optimum ripeness.
The grapes are destemmed and crushed to a closed fermenter. After a period of cold soak, they are inoculated with a preferred yeast. Temperatures are then managed to reach about 30°C. Once the ferment is dry the wine is tasted to evaluate maceration time, and finally basket pressed to barrel. Malolactic conversion takes place in barrel in temperature controlled rooms. The wine stays in the barrels – 50% new French oak – for up to 18 months. Final barrel selection and blending, then light egg white fining and filtration prior to bottling.
Complex and dense aromas of black plum and blackberry, floral violet notes, black cherry with fine cedar notes and hints of baking spices and vanilla. The palate is firm and rich, with seamless tannins and concentrated black plum, blackcurrant and black cherry with notes of cocoa powder, and a long savory finish. 15% 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.