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Paritua Vineyard and Winery
‘Grace’ Sauvignon Blanc
New Zealand, Hawke's Bay
The Paritua vineyards in the heart of New Zealand's acclaimed wine-growing region, Hawkes Bay, are all stony soils and gentle contours, surrounded by hills and blessed with long, lingering summers and clear, crisp winters... exceptional conditions to create exceptional wines. The name Paritua 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.
Wines bearing the boutique label Paritua are produced only in outstanding vintages, while the Stone Paddock selection of wines are made every year using grapes grown on Paritua's own estate and carefully selected regional vineyards.
53 hectares of vines were planted in 2003, with seventy percent devoted to red varieties – Cabernet Sauvignon, Syrah, Merlot, Cabernet Franc, Malbec – and Sauvignon Blanc and Chardonnay completing the picture. Paritua’s vineyard enjoys stony, free draining soils, long summers and crisp winters, which combine to produce exceptional quality grapes. These are boutique, bespoke wines from the oldest gravels in Hawke’s Bay. 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 and the winemaking operation had to be not only efficient, but also sustainable with the added requirement to sit gracefully in its environment.
Alluvial (gravel & silty loam)
The vines were leaf plucked and bunch thinned to achieve optimum fruit quality and harvested separately by hand from the Paritua vineyard in the Bridge Pa Triangle Wine District of Hawke’s Bay. The vineyard is one block, organically farmed and all wines comes
from grapes grown and harvested on site.
Trays with whole bunches are placed in the winery coolroom for overnight chilling. Pressing takes place the next day in a basketpress. Low yielding juice is taken straight to barrel for fermentation. The wines are lees stirred after fermentation weekly for about 3 months and spend a total of 11 months in barrel. The wine is blended and bottled early in the year following harvest.
11 months in oak barrique (33% new)
Grace is a Sauvignon Blanc with an enticing aroma of guava, passionfruit and nectarine with hints, of quince and vanilla pod. The palate is refreshing with nectarine, white peach and a hint of passion fruit. There is subtle oak and linear mineral notes with crisp acidity giving the wine structure and length. The wine will age gracefully for 5 years from vintage and is a good accompaniment with shellfish or white meat dishes.