Embrace the Spirit of the Equinox with Waipara Hills Wine

(PR.co.nz) Celebrate the very best nature has to offer when the sun and earth align with the Waipara Hills Equinox range of specially crafted wines.

Brimming with character the 2011 Waipara Hills Equinox Sauvignon Blanc offers class, intimacy and vibrancy, while still maintaining a fresh and crisp taste. A slightly smoky oak note mixes with ripe peach and nectarine a wine that is both complex and compelling – the perfect sip alongside any seafood dish this season!

The 2011 Waipara Hills Equinox Sauvignon Blanc offers this fresh taste by delving more into the French style – complete with a unique palate exhibiting a mixture of smoke, spice, stone fruits and citrus flavours. Sourced 100% from the Mound Vineyard, the 2011 Waipara Hills Equinox Sauvignon Blanc maintains a rich texture which fills the mouth, followed by the vibrant acidity and complete with a dry finish.

Pale straw in colour the 2011 Waipara Hills Equinox Pinot Gris lets you celebrate the season with its delicious hints of apple pear, wild flowers, ginger and slight nuttiness. The rich texture coats the mouth and then the balanced acidity moves in to tie up the palate, with each sip completed by a ginger and pear flavour that goes on and on…

If you are not yet ready to kiss the last days of summer goodbye then let them linger on with the 2011 Waipara Hills Equinox Riesling – defined by a wonderfully rich and generous palate, carrying notes of rock melon, Granny Smith apple, kaffir lime and a touch of clover honey. Best served lightly chilled with a Thai dish this wine shows the characters associated with Riesling from Waipara Valley – the ultimate way to embrace the spirit of the equinox.

The 2010 Waipara Hills Equinox Pinot Noir is perfect for a romantic night in with its silky and seductive palate creating a mouth-filling flavour that best accompanies a delicious roast lamb or duck. Ruby red in colour this delightful Pinot Noir offers a balanced structure of firm acidity and French oak, carrying delicious notes of dark cherry and a touch of char and dried spice – perfect for romance.

Handpicked fruit creates the persistent flavour of the 2010 Waipara Hills Equinox Pinot Noir, with a stable autumn meaning complete ripening and full expression of the fruit.

This vintage follows the success of the highly acclaimed 2009 Waipara Hills Equinox Pinot Noir, which was awarded four gold medals and proved its popularity by completely selling out late last year.

With a rich and vibrant sweetness the NV Waipara Hills Equinox Late Harvest Riesling carries notes of clover honey, pineapple, wild flowers, nougat and cashews – creating a delightful spectrum of tropical fruit and honey with a hint of oak. With a bold and structured acidity this is the perfect drop to enjoy at the end of a meal with friends, accompanied by a side of cheese and walnuts.

The concentrated flavour of the NV Waipara Hills Equinox Late Harvest Riesling is developed from the pressing of frozen fruit – meaning a little bit goes a long way! So embrace the equinox with this golden Riesling, blended from wine made in 2009, 2010 and 2011 to create the perfect aroma of flavours.

Waipara Hills Winemaker, Simon McGeorge, says these wines each offer a unique package filled with flavour and character.

“The Equinox range shows a full expression of the Mound Vineyard and the Home Block Vineyard fruits complete with a wine for every occasion with a range of distinct palates,” says McGeorge.

“The 2010 Waipara Hills Equinox Pinot Noir followed up on the success of the 2009 Equinox Pinot Noir with another structured, rich yet elegant taste.”

The Waipara Hills Equinox range ($29.90) – is distributed by Hancocks (free phone 0800 699 463) and available from specialty wine outlets, – and online from March 2012 at www.waiparahillswines.co.nz

Media Release 14 March 2012.