Wine Sample Range

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IMG_1002Riverby Estate is a boutique wine producer, occupying a prime site in Marlborough’s Jacksons Road heartland wine growing area. It is a quality focused producer, with an impressive range of wines, currently numbering 14 different varieties and styles. “Surely a record for a small producer off a single vineyard – and all premium wines”.

Riverby Estate is internationally recognised for its wines with all rating 4.5 to 5 stars

 

Riverby Sauvignon BlancRiverby Estate Sauvignon Blanc

Pale lemon, light straw in colour, it has a vivacious lifted nose with exuberant notes of capsicum, black passionfruit, gooseberry and freshly cut grass, underpinned by delicate herbal hints and an invigorating burst of lime and grapefruit. On the palate it is medium bodied and beautifully textured, mouth-filling and moreish. This is a very elegant wine, beautifully weighted with delicate acids. The passionfruit and herbal characters abound on the palate, with nuances of ripe stone-fruits, and the finish is long, lingering and refined with the lasting impression being of a beautifully crisp, clean and refreshing wine.

Riverby ChardonnayRiverby Estate Chardonnay

Pale gold in colour, it has a powerful but elegant aroma of peachy stone-fruit with traces o

f nectarine and citrus, and a lovely creamy, vanilla element. The palate is redolent with peaches, citrus fruits, cashew nuts and a delightful mealy, baguetty character. It is a mouth-filling powerful wine, beautifully textured, with bright, well balanced, acidity, restrained alcohol and an attractive clean, crisp finish, which lingers for some considerable time in the mouth.

Riverby Pinot GrisRiverby Estate Pinot Gris

This Pinot Gris is a pale straw, lemon in colour, and highly aromatic; with spicy, ripe pears, peaches and nectarines and also lovely florals, even delicate old roses, on the nose. Perhaps even a hint of cinnamon. On the palate the myriad of spices continue and the cinnamon is particularly appealing. It is delightfully crisp and refreshing with mouth crunching pears and stone fruit. Overall, it is very clean, crisp and enticing with a long lingering, quite enchanting and very elegant finish

Riverby Dry RieslingRiverby Estate Dry Riesling
It is a very pale straw in colour with fantastic aromatics as befitting a premium Riesling. Florals, herbs, citrus and apples, this rich and vibrant wine has it all. It is delightfully crisp and dry with peaches and lovely citrus characters, including mandarin and ripe grapefruit, even a hint of Valencia oranges. On the palate it is very appealing, medium bodied and rich with great acid balance and freshness. It finishes with lingering fruitiness and intensity, the crisp lime characters increasingly obvious in a wine which initially hides its dryness with such ripe fruit characters.
Riverby SyrahRiverby Estate Syrah
When poured, the colour is an enticing, velvety, deep ruby red. The nose abounds with delightful florals; dark roses and violets, plus classical Syrah characters of spices, black pepper, dark plums and blackberry. This is a complex and mouth-filling wine with charming fine grained tannins and well balanced acidity. On the palate it is rich and elegant with the dark plums, cracked pepper and spice combining to give a most satisfying mouth-feel. The finish is long and smooth and perfectly poised.
Riverby Pinot NoirRiverby Estate Pinot Noir
Mid carmine red, ruby in colour, this Pinot has enticing floral aromas, notably roses, cherries and dried herbs; thyme and mint perhaps. There are spicy notes and hints of darker fruits. The richness on the nose is slightly unexpected after the subdued colour in the glass and there are already signs of savoury characters developing. On the palate this is a moderately rich and certainly enticing wine with an abundance of cherries and darker fruits. It has lovely fine grained tannins and great acid balance giving a very clean pure feel to the whole wine. It finishes long and lingering with a pleasant spiciness.

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image004Sileni Estates is a major vineyard and winery in Hawke’s Bay, New Zealand’s oldest established vineyard area. The first vintage was in 1998 and since then the wines have won world wide acclaim.

The Cellar Selection label is based on rich, soft and approachable hand-crafted wines. Crafted using traditional techniques, the wines are complex and mouth filling, with great finesse. They are made for early enjoyment and every day drinking, but may be cellared with confidence for 2 – 4 years.

image010Sileni Cellar Selection Sparkling Sauvignon Blanc
Has classic stone fruit and gooseberry flavours with a crisp, clean finish. Drink young, fresh and chilled.
image012Sileni Cellar Selection ML Sauvignon Blanc
Has ripe tropical and gooseberry fruit flavours with a zingy finish and impeccable balance. A great aperitif or seafood wine made for drinking young. Serve lightly chilled.
image014Sileni Cellar Selection HB Pinot Gris
Has classic aromatic peach flavours along with beautifully balanced acidity and a long finish. It is just off-dry and well suited to seafood, white meats and Asian food styles. Drink it young or cellar for 3-4 years.
image016Sileni Cellar Selection HB Pinot Noir
This ripe, deeply coloured food wine has concentrated black cherry aromas which follow through to the palate where dark berry flavours are supported by soft tannins. Perfect for early drinking but capable of cellaring for up to 6 years.
image018Sileni Cellar Selection HB Syrah
Dark in colour, with red berryfruit and cracked pepper characters. This wine has fine tannins and a soft finish providing great drinkability as a young wine, but it has the fruit and backbone to cellar comfortably for 4-5 years.
image020Sileni Cellar Selection HB Merlot
Great colour and aromas of plum and dark berryfruit are typical of Hawke’s Bay Merlot. Silky tannins give it a soft finish for early drinkability and the depth of fruit gives it the ability to cellar for 4-5 years.

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image002Jealous Sisters is a premium range of wines made by Gladstone Vineyard for select export markets. Gladstone Vineyard, is a Wairapapa family owned business with an international reputation for distinctive, high quality wines of finesse and complexity. Jealous Sisters wines are full flavoured and fruit driven, reflecting new world styles and the unique soils of the vineyards. They are easy to drink now or over the next 2-3 years.

Gladstone Vineyard is committed to creating world class wines that express the exceptional characteristics of New Zealand’s Gladstone region.

image025Jealous Sisters Sauvignon Blanc
A typical Wairarapa Sauvignon Blanc nose of Granny Smith apples, green capsicum and lemonade . There is a citrus note of lemon peel that complements the mineral undertones and length of the palate. The wine is crisp and fresh with a restrained elegance. Drink now, or cellar for up to two years.
image027Jealous Sisters Pinot Gris
A lovely bouquet of yellow peach, loquat and nectarine opens up to a musky floral and cinnamon spice nose. The palate is rich and rounded with a soft mealy character from the extended lees contact. The juicy nectarine characters give the palate a real fleshiness that finishes on a subtle spicy note. Drink now, or cellar for up to two years
image029Jealous Sisters Pinot Noir
The wine has a brightness and clarity of fruit at first glance, before the darker, brooding notes come out on the nose. Black cherry and dark plum come to the fore on the palate, with a softness and suppleness of ripe tannins giving a rounded structure and long lasting aftertaste. Some bright red berry flavours are balanced by subtle spice and savoury characters that enhance the aftertaste and give more length on the palate and cellaring potential of up to five years.

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image006Coney Wines is a smaller family owned winery in Martinborough where that special combination of soil, sun, temperature and management enables owners to specialise in premium quality award winning wines for the discerning palate.

The wines themselves have harmonious names –Ragtime, Pizzicato, Piccolo and Que Sera in recognition of the family’s love for music.

image033Piccolo Pinot Gris
This is  an Alsace style rather than the leaner Pinot Grigio variant from Italy. Pears, stone fruit and ginger are the dominant notes on the palate while floral fragrances are also evident.Food matches include spiced chicken and fish dishes.
image035Ragtime Riesling
A meticulous fruit thinning regime has produced lovely clean fruit. The result is a terrific Riesling, full of minerality with chalky/citrus/sherbet evident to the nose. The palate is full of grapefruit and lime zest etc. resulting in a broad and d This wine is best with lightly spiced food and goes especially well with Asian cooking.
image037Pizzicato Pinot Noir
Aged for 11 ½ months in traditional French barrels, this wine is a bright pinot with typical lifted aromas of red berry fruits and morello cherry.  The palate is warm, succulent and savoury with the prescribed silky mouthfeel and a firm finish hinting at 4 – 5 year ageing potential.Food matches include the range of lighter meats especially pork and lamb while duck and salmon are also favourites.
image039Que Sera Syrah
After a 16 day ferment Que Sera was transferred to French barriques where it fructified for 12 months.The colour is bright red cellophane. Palate and nose hallmark white pepper, bolstered by spice, raspberry, plum and mocha with a hint of liquorice.  Drinking well now and showing great promise over the next 5 – 6 years.


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The Wiffen family have owned their Marlborough property, St. Clair, since 1907. Situated on the southern side of the Wairau Valley the vineyard was first planted in 1980 with the grapes being supplied to other wineries on contract. Since opening in 1997, Charles Wiffen’s wines have received some great accolades. Winning several trophies has been a definite highlight. The wines are recognised in the market place for their quality and fruit driven style.

image007Charles Wiffen Sauvignon Blanc
Classically Marlborough, this wine shows intense varietal characters of gooseberry, capsicum, passionfruit and grapefruit. Crisp acidity and concentrated citrus charactures provide wonderful length on the palate.
image005Charles Wiffen Reisling
Exudes aromatic flavours of stone fruits, lime blossom and green apple. Palate is off-dry in style with wonderful intensity and exhibits charactures of citrus, waxy honey and apricot, finishing with a lively acidity and a distinct minerality.
image009Charles Wiffen Pinot Gris
This wine is off-dry in style, shows classic aromas of pear, quince and baked apple. The palate is soft and creamy, with a rich texture and finishes with a rich minerality.
image011Charles Wiffen Gewürztraminer
This wine shows aromas of spicy cinnamon, rose petal and Turkish delight. These flavours flow onto the palate, with the addition of red apples. The finish is full and soft, with great balance.
image015Charles Wiffen Merlot
An elegant expression of Marlborough Merlot. Rich leather notes add to the entwined layers of plum, truffle and bright berry fruits. Hints of vanilla and chocolate meld with a dry, yet supple tannin framework.
image013Charles Wiffen Pinot Noir
Pinot Noir Deep chocolate red in colour, this wine reveals aromas of black cherry, pepper and chocolate with hints of toasty oak. The palate exudes flavours of ripe red fruits, raspberry licorice and mocha with a long spicy finish.

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Aorangi Road Sauvignon Blanc is grown on the Mangatahi Terraces, 30kms inland west of Hastings by a specialist sauvignon blanc producer.

Aorangi Single Vineyard SB croppedAorangi Road Sauvignon Blanc
With a stack of shiny medals to its name including a gold medal at the San Francisco International Wine awards, this is one super-tasty sauvignon.It has delicious sugar-snap pea, white peach, zippy herbaceous notes and a lovely, lemony finish.