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Susumaniello, ring any bells?
You may have heard of it, but we can almost guarantee you haven’t tried it! One of the world’s rarest grape varieties has made it all the way from Puglia to our shores here in NZ. The translation is something along the lines of ‘load like a donkey’ which is in reference to the large amount of fruit its vines produce. Its deep red, with obvious notes of spice and berry – a hint of chocolate can even be smelt if left long enough in the glass. Serve at your next dinner party and see what people think, it’s sure to be a talking point!
Susumaniello is an ancient Apulian vine, probably with Dalmatian origins. This strange name takes its meaning from the fact that its vines, above all in the first ten years, produce an exceptional quantity of bunches of grapes: “burdened like a donkey”. The grapes are very rich in sugar and anthocyanins, and have a good percentage of total acidity. They are hand-picked in the second week of September and fermented into horizontal rotating tanks. Maceration on the skins lasts for 14 days. The wine is then racked into French oak barriques where it matures for 6 months. after completing malolactic fermentation, the wine decants in stainless steel vats prior to bottling.
Enticing bright cherry and red berry fruit characters are overlaid with spicy, smoky oak aromas. The palate is bursting with luscious raspberry fruit that is supported by delicious sweet vanilla notes. This is an elegant wine with gentle acidity, generosity and good length. This Pinot Noir was vinified in small batches using traditional hand-plunging in open top fermentation vats before gentle pressing, the wine was then matured in tank before bottling. The palate has pleasant acidity and good concentration meaning it will pair well with a range of foods. It is ideal with duck and other game birds, casseroles and... Read More
Under its original brand, this wine has been described as one of the finest and most authentic Pinot Noirs made in New Zealand and gaining recognition as a fine wine icon. Close in style to a quality FRENCH BURGUNDY, with savoury fruit, but a complex pinot noir with mineral expression. It's ripe and generous on the nose displaying dried red cherry, plum, spice and cigar-box characters. The palate is succulent and elegantly weighted with silky texture, leading to a delicate dry finish. The wine shows lovely combination of ripe fruit flavours, subtle savoury complexity and seductive mouthfeel. A very sophisticated Pinot Noir... Read More
A crisply styled, refreshing Sauvignon Blanc that has a wonderful combination of lime, passionfruit and gooseberry aromas with a hint of minerality – typical stylish Sauvignon Blanc! We love to drink it with seafood and pasta dishes and delicious summer salads. While this wine is ready to drink now, it can also be cellared for up to two years. Awards: Double Gold - CWSA, Gold - Fifty best competition New YorkRegion: WairarapaLocation: New ZealandGrapes: Sauvignon Blanc Read More
Sourced from arguably the best Pinot Noir wine-growing region in the world, Central Otago, this wine is lightly oaked and gently handled to bring out the lively fruit flavours of the region. The Pinot displays sweet cherry, raspberry and plum aromatics with wild blackberry and red fruit flavours. Spiced fruit flavours with a hint of vanilla create a creamy yet fresh Pinot Noir. The soft tannins combined with the spicy elements contribute to a long finish and full mouth feel. Read More