Waipara Valley North Canterbury is a masterclass in cool climate wine making

Best known for exquisitely spicy and rich Pinot Noirs and Rieslings, the region has a great reputation for other aromatic varieties such as Pinot Gris and Gewürztraminer as well as its own distinctive take on Sauvignon Blanc and Chardonnay.

Now is your chance to experience the distinctively different shape, structure and architecture of our premium wines in the place they are created.

Greystone Wines declared Best International Pinot Noir by Decanter Magazine

Greystone Wines has won the International Pinot Noir trophy awarded by Decanter magazine, for their Brothers Reserve Waipara Pinot Noir 2012. Decanter magazine is the most influential wine magazine in the world and Greystone faced tough competition from thousands of entries worldwide.

Greystone was awarded the Decanter Regional Trophy for best Pinot Noir from New Zealand (over £15). From here it then faced wines from Chile, USA, France and Germany in the international Pinot Noir final. The small family owned winery from Waipara New Zealand emerged victorious in what has already been a great year for its Pinot Noir. Already the Greystone Pinot Noir 2012 won the Air New Zealand Trophy for Best Pinot Noir and also “Wines of Canterbury” Trophy for best Pinot Noir.

Dom Maxwell, Greystone’s winemaker says the 2012 vintage ‘provided fruit with intensity and vibrancy, accompanied by alluring poise and aromatic abundance’. The Brothers Reserve Pinot Noir comes from the highest block of vines on Greystone’s Omihi hill site with deep limestone soils. Maxwell says, “We’re just now seeing the results of the vines getting down into this limestone and are very excited to see the future for Pinot Noir from these hills.”

The team of international judges said the wine had all the classic textural and fruit hallmarks you could ask for in great Pinot Noir. Their notes described it as “a delicious wine with real presence, this is generous, rich and fleshy, with lots of bright redcurrant and raspberry aromas and concentrated plum, dark cherry and violet flavours. With an earthy character, smoky oak notes and an interesting savoury element, it’s robust but with very supple tannins, a silky-soft mouthfeel and a finish full of Christmas pudding spices.

Winemaker Dom Maxwell has been in residence at Greystone since the winery was established in 2004, his prior experience including stints in Rheingau, Burgundy and Oregon. Everything is handpicked and sorted, with the wines being neither fined nor filtered. Greystone uses wild yeasts to initiate its fermentations but, more intriguingly, it is also experimenting with more unusual practices, such as vineyard fermentations. This involves the fermenter being placed in the actual vineyard for the entire fermentation period – about 30 days. Greystone believes the native yeasts in the vineyard change from year to year, and as its aim is to express each vintage in its purest form, that year’s vineyard yeasts are an inherent part of that character; it also leads to a much longer and colder maceration, which Greystone says noticeably improves the quality of the end product.

Waipara Valley’s 2014 harvest exceeds 10,000 tonnes

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The 2014 New Zealand grape harvest has been completed with high quality grapes picked across the country.

According to the latest Vintage Survey from NZ Wine, Waipara Valley’s harvest crop weighed in at 10,127 tonnes, up 32 per cent from last year and higher than the national average of a 29 per cent increase. It is the first time the region has exceeded 10,000 tonnes of grapes harvested.

The total New Zealand Crop came in at 445,000 tonnes of grapes harvested, up 29% on the harvest last year. Virtually every region has achieved production growth and for the first time Waipara Valley, Nelson, and Central Otago all exceeded 10,000 tonnes.

New Zealand wine is exported to more than 90 countries and wine exports are currently valued at $1.32 billion per annum. “The New Zealand wine industry has set its sights on becoming a $2 billion export industry, and the 2014 vintage is a good step towards this ambitious goal” said Mr Gregan, CEO of New Zealand Wine.

Canterbury Wine Awards 2014

The 2014 Canterbury Wine Awards once again showcase Waipara Valley North Canterbury as a premium wine growing region. Medals and trophies across a range of varieties reinforce the depth and quality of winemaking in the region.

Trophy Winners
FruitFed Cheese Match Trophy: 2011 Shadowy Kym, Torlesse
FruitFed Lamb Match Trophy: Greystone Pinot Noir 2012
FruitFed Vegetarian Match Trophy: Torlesse Sauvignon Blanc 2013
Hill Laboratories Game Class Trophy: Terrace Edge 2012 Syrah
Hill Laboratories Chicken Class Trophy: Waipara Hills Equinox Waipara Valley Pinot Gris 2013
Lane Neave Lawyers Pork Class Trophy: Terrace Edge 2013 Pinot Gris
Lane Neave Lawyers Seafood Class Trophy: Waipara Hills Equinox Waipara Valley Riesling 2013

Gold Medals
Greystone Pinot Noir 2012
Melness 2013 Riesling
Terrace Edge 2013 Pinot Gris
Torlesse Sauvignon Blanc 2013
Waipara Hills Equinox Waipara Valley Riesling 2013

Silver Medals
Omihi Road Gewurztraminer 2011
Waipara Hills Equinox Waipara Valley Pinot Gris 2013
2011 Shadowy Kym
Mud House Estate The Mound Waipara Valley Riesling 2013
Terrace Edge 2012 Syrah

Bronze Medals
2012 Torlesse Chardonnay
Waipara Hills Equinox Waipara Valley Pinot Noir 2012
Waipara Hills Equinox Waipara Valley Chardonnay 2013
Omihi Road Riesling 2009 Bronze
Waipara Hills Waipara Valley Chardonnay 2013
Waipara Hills Waipara Valley Pinot Gris 2013
Terrace Edge 2012 Classic Riesling
Waipara Hills Waipara Valley Riesling 2013
Omihi Road Pinot Noir 2010
Waipara Hills Waipara Valley Pinot Noir 2013
Omarino 2012 Pinot Gris
Terrace Edge 2012 Liquid Geography Riesling
Melness 2012 Pinot Noir
Terrace Edge 2012 Pinot Noir
Waipara Hills Equinox Waipara Valley Sav Blanc 2013
Omarino 2012 Sauvignon Blanc
Omarino 2011 Pinot Noir
Mt Beautiful Sauvignon Blanc 2013