100% Syrah from vines grown at the Paritua Vineyard on Maraekakaho Road. The vines are managed for optimum light and sun exposure. The fruit is reduced to one bunch per cane and the grapes are hand-harvested at optimal ripeness.
Whole bunches are destemmed and partially crushed, with about 20% whole berry in the tank. After several days the ferment is started and kept under 30°C. Regular pump-overs keep the cap submerged and extract the tannin. Malo-lactic fermentation takes place in 50% new oak barrels, and the wine stays in barrels until June of the year following harvest. It is then racked and bottled.
A lush aroma of black plum, prune and fragrant plum blossom with hints of black pepper and spice underlining the complex bouquet. This is a beautifully balanced wine with Black Doris plum, blackberry and sweet prune, complex flavors supported by a silky textured and a rich concentrated palate. Fine grained tannins and a hint of oak give this Syrah great structure and length. 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 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.