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te Pa Family Vineyards

515 Wairau Bar Road, RD 3, 7273 Blenheim
New Zealand
Telephone +64 3 5705192

This company is co-exhibitor of
New Zealand Winegrowers

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ProWein 2018 hall map (Hall 9): stand E36

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ProWein 2018 fairground map: Hall 9

Contact

Simon Kelly

Phone
+64210313133

Email
simon@tepawines.com

Liam McElhinney

Chief Winemaker

Phone
+6421500925

Email
liam@tepawines.com

Haysley MacDonald

Owner

Phone
+6421570501

Email
hkmac@tepawines.com

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Product category: Marlborough

te Pa 2017 Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc

Vineyards: The fruit from the MacDonald Home Vineyard came from the Seaside Blocks which are compositionally higher in sand and shingle and have less organic matter. These blocks tend to give passionfruit and tropical flavours with nice bright acids. Our new Alabama Rd Vineyard is located 6 km up the Wairau Valley on moderately fertile, free-draining soils. It is a warm, sheltered site, producing its second crop. The fruit ripens early, and expresses great intensity of flavour with stone fruit and citrus characters coming to the fore. The naturally low vigour, low yielding, Redwood Hills vineyard in the Awatere Valley produces wines with strong textural and mineral elements. This cooler site results in wines which exhibit concentration, fresh acidity and great length.

Winemaking: The fruit for this wine was harvested from the best block from each of our three main Sauvignon Blanc vineyards. These blocks were selected for their great fruit expression as well as low cropping, and early ripening characteristics. The blocks were fermented separately, mostly in stainless steel tanks, before blending and then aging on light lees. 10% of the blend was handpicked, and whole bunch pressed directly to barrel, to ferment in 320 L French cigar-shaped oak barrels.

Tasting note: Intensely aromatic, this wine delivers aromatics of grapefruit, stone fruit, passionfruit and nettles. The palate is concentrated and vibrant, with citrus, fresh herb, black current and passionfruit flavours. This wine possesses lovely midpalate weight and texture, with a refreshingly crisp finish supported by some intriguing mineral and flint notes. This wine is a great match with all seafood, particularly shellfish. The crisp flavours work well with fresh summer salads, or try it with a soft goat cheese.

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Product category: Marlborough

te Pa 2016 Marlborough Chardonnay

Vineyard: Clone 15 Chardonnay cane pruned on VSP trellising. Our Brancott Road Vineyard in the Southern Valleys region of Marlborough is ideally located for growing great Chardonnay. The silt loam/clay soils add richness and complexity to the naturally abundant fruit expression we get in Marlborough.

Winemaking: The fruit for this Chardonnay was hand-picked from our Brancott Road Vineyard in the Southern Valleys. The fruit was then whole bunch pressed directly to barrel, 30% of which were new barrels selected from our most trusted French coopers. The barrels were left to ferment with “indigenous” yeasts, for 11 months. The wine was left on gross lees for maturation, with partial malo-lactic fermentation (around 50%) kicking off in spring. Our Chardonnay was then blended and filtered, prior to bottling on March 3rd 2017, nearly a full year after the fruit was harvested.

Tasting note: An initial exploration of this Chardonnay will reveal aromatics of smoky, spicy oak, with beautiful citrus blossom, stonefruit, popcorn, and honey suckle notes coming to the fore. On the palate, the time on lees has imparted a subtle richness and a refined texture. With its medium bodied, dry style, the wine offers refreshing acidity, which creates a welcome harmony with the softer nectarine, grilled pineapple and brioche characters. This wine possesses good fruit intensity and a fine structure that will reward cellaring for up to 4 -5 years. This is the perfect wine to match with the crowd favourite - roast chicken. For more adventurous appetites, pair with an Asian spiced pork belly.

Awards and Accolades: Number 2 Chardonnay in NZ, 5 stars, Best Buy, Cuisine Magazine, 2017 • Gold Medal, Marlborough Wine Show 2017 • Gold Medal, Air New Zealand Wine Awards 2017 • 94 points & 5 stars, Sam Kim, Wine Orbit 2018 • 94 points, Cameron Douglas MS, The Shout, 2017 • 90 points, Highly Commended, Decanter Magazine, 2018 • 

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Product category: Marlborough

te Pa 2016 Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc Oke (oak aged)

Vineyard: Cane pruned to 3 canes, on VSP trellising. The fruit for this wine was sourced from select blocks in the lower Wairau Valley. These blocks have been historically the most intensely flavoured and balanced in the vineyard. Careful canopy and yield management were used to accentuate these positive characteristics.

Winemaking: The fruit was hand-harvested and whole bunch pressed to give us some beautiful pristine juice to work with. This was dropped to a mix of new and older French barrels without settling and left to allow the indigenous yeast to start the ferments. The wine was left unsulphured on gross lees over the winter and given a gentle stir every four weeks. A selection of the best barrels occurred in October, when the wine was blended and then dropped back to barrel for another 2 months to allow the different components to integrate and evolve.

Tasting note: The high quality of the fruit, combined with the gentle and respectful approach in the winery has resulted in a wine with an intriguing combination of poise and elegance, balanced by an intense and complex flavour profile. Aromatically the wine gives impressions of grapefruit, citrus blossom, ripe stonefruit and flint. The palate is weighty with stonefruit and citrus pith to the fore. The fruit is supported by spice and toasted nuts, a hint of toffee and refreshing acidity. A deliciously drinkable wine, which will evolve and slowly reveal layers and subtleties in the glass.

Number One Sauvignon Blanc, Top 10, Dish Magazine Sauvignon Blanc tasting panel, 2017. 

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Product category: Marlborough

te Pa 2017 Marlborough Pinot Gris

Vineyard: Cane pruned on VSP trellising. Pinot Gris flourishes on our gently sloping Redwood Hills Awatere Vineyard. Naturally low cropping, this vineyard provides richly scented fruit with concentrated flavours and a lovely natural balance.

Winemaking: Our Pinot Gris fruit was hand harvested in two picks on the 9th and 22nd of April 2017. The early-picked portion was fermented cool (12 – 14 degrees Celsius) in stainless steel tanks to highlight and preserve the delicate citrus and floral characters. The fruit from the second pick was whole-bunched pressed directly to barrel, where it was wild fermented on solids and left to age on gross lees for 4 months prior to blending.  This component displays toasty, spicy aromatics, and a rich creamy texture. The barrel aged components made up 20% of the final blend.

Tasting note: This wine possesses toasty notes of white pear, citrus, and subtle jasmine flowers. The palate displays stone fruit and ruby grapefruit, with some lingering aniseed and cardamom spice. The barrel fermented portion adds a layer of texture and complexity. Our 2017 Pinot Gris pairs perfectly with an Ahi Tuna Poke bowl, or Thai fish cakes with a touch of spice. For a meat option, try this Gris with pork medallions and a spiced apple sauce.

Number One ranked Marlborough Wine, Cameron Douglas MS, The Shout Magazine February 2018

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Product category: Marlborough

te Pa 2017 Marlborough Pinot Noir Rose

100% Pinot Noir Rose, with 10% of the fruit aged in French oak barrels to add a layer of complexity and spice.

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Product category: Marlborough

te Pa 2016 Marlborough Pinot Noir

Winemaking: The grapes for this wine were hand-harvested from the Omaka North vineyard and fermented in batches in 4T open top fermenters. Each batch had about 10-30% whole bunch, with the remainder being gently destemmed whole berries. The wine was left on skins for a further 7-15 days post-fermentation to build structure and harmonise the tannins. The wine was matured in French oak barrels for 10 months – 25% of which were new.

Tasting note and food match: An intensely perfumed nose with high notes of red fruits and florals overlying more brooding characters of dark cherries, spice and cedar. The palate displays plums and berry fruits alongside anise and cinnamon spice. The fruit is encased in supple tannins, and supported by bright acidity to give a long lingering spicy finish to the wine.

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Product category: Marlborough

te Pa 2017 Noble Sauvignon Blanc

Vineyards: The naturally low vigour, low yielding Redwood Hills vineyard in the Awatere Valley produces wines with strong textural and mineral elements. This hillside site is cooler and results in wines which exhibit concentration, fresh acidity and great length. The fruit for this wine was from G Block, which is on the upper portion of the slope on the eastern boundary.  The fruit was hand-harvested on the last day of May 2017 after an additional six weeks of ripening, raisining, and concentrating the flavours and sugars. The cooler dewy nights, followed by warm, dry days provided the ideal conditions for the development of ‘noble’ botrytis.

Winemaking: The fruit came in at 36 Brix, was soaked overnight and then gently pressed to tank. After cold-settling, the juice was racked to both tank and old French oak barrels, where it was inoculated with a sauterne isolate yeast, adapted to high sugars. The ferment was long and slow, and after 6 weeks the wine had reached a perfect balance between sugar, acid and alcohol. We stopped the fermentation with hard cooling, and the wine was left on lees for an additional 3 months.

Tasting note and food match: With its golden yellow colour, the Noble Sauvignon Blanc features luscious aromas of honeycomb, tropical fruits, and pineapple. On the palate, notes of caramel, melon, nectarine, fig, and citrus stand out. A wine with lovely balance, lingering flavour and acidity. A rich and viscous dessert wine. For a food match, pair the Noble with Crème brûlée, walnut ice-cream, strong pungent cheeses like Roquefort or epoisses, or an indulgent slice of cheesecake.

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Product category: Marlborough

Pa Road 2017 Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc

Vineyard: The fruit from the MacDonald Home Vineyard came from the Seaside Blocks which are compositionally higher in sand and shingle and have less organic matter. These blocks tend to give tropical passionfruit flavours with nice, bright acids. Our new Alabama Road Vineyard is located 6 km up the Wairau Valley on moderately fertile, free-draining soils. It is a warm, sheltered site producing its second crop. The fruit ripens early, and expresses great intensity of flavour with stone fruit and citrus characters coming to the fore. Our naturally low vigour, low yielding Redwood Hills vineyard in the Awatere Valley produces wines with strong textural and mineral elements. This cooler site results in wines that exhibit concentration, fresh acidity and great length.

Winemaking: The fruit was machine harvested and destemmed in the field. The Alabama Vineyard was picked on the 29th of March, and the last of the Redwood Hills fruit came in on the 22nd of April. The individual blocks were fermented separately in temperature-controlled stainless-steel tanks. The Pā Road Sauvignon Blanc was then blended from a selection of eleven batches split across the three complementary vineyard sites.

Tasting note: The resulting wine possesses aromas of grapefruit and mandarin, with some tropical and floral notes. The palate displays nectarine, grapefruit, and passionfruit flavours. It has great fruit weight and a lovely long finish of nettles and citrus. As with all of our Sauvignon Blanc wines, this would pair perfectly with a fresh fish dish with lemon and herbs, local clams, or shrimp meals. Good quality Chevre goat cheese is another of our favourite matches for Sauvignon Blanc.

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Jan 17, 2018

Top Two Spots in Dish Magazine’s Sauvignon Blanc Tasting Panel

Monday, 25 September 2017, 2:44 pm
Press Release: Te Pa

Te Pā Takes Out Top Two Spots in Dish Magazine’s Sauvignon Blanc Tasting Panel

Two wines from te Pā Family Vineyards flagship range have won the top rankings in popular food and drinks publication Dish Magazine’s 2017 Sauvignon Blanc tasting panel.

te Pā’s 2016 Sauvignon Blanc Oke won the Number One spot, and te Pā’s 2017 Sauvignon Blanc followed at Number Two. The new 2017 Sauvignon Blanc was also named one of Dish Magazine’s ‘Best Buy’ wines, which covers wines offering exceptional value, and are awarded 5 stars and Gold Medal status.

The new face of Sauvignon Blanc

Through its te Pā Sauvignon Blanc Oke, te Pā Family Vineyards is keeping its focus on small batch, single vineyard, hand-crafted, oak barrel fermented and oak barrel aged Sauvignon Blanc. Dish Magazine’s judging panel made note of the rise in quality and popularity of oak-fermented Sauvignon Blanc, and recognise the efforts of Kiwi winemakers to continually innovate the category that made New Zealand Sauvignon Blanc a household name around the world.

What the judges said

Of our gorgeous Oke, the panel said; “Essentially, it’s sauvignon blanc for chardonnay lovers, produced by a family that can trace their roots back to the first Maori landing at the Wairau Bar 800 years ago. Simply outstanding”. And our sublime 2017 Sauv got the praise heaped on it too; “Wow! This wine is sex on a stick. Whoever made this wine knows what they’re doing,” said judge and wine consultant Jane Boyle.

Food matches for the top wines

No award-winning wine is complete without a delicious food match. Dish Panel judge Colin Ford recommends pairing Sauvignon Blanc with oysters on the shell, or a pungent goat or sheep cheese (we love chèvre). For the home cook, you have to try the divine whole baked Thai snapper as created by Nadia Lim, which is a match made in heaven for the Oke (check out this delicious video on how to make this dish). For our 2017 Sauv, we can also never look past fresh, locally and sustainably harvested Cloudy Bay Clams with the te Pā special sauce of shallots, Chardonnay vinaigrette, coriander and a touch of sugar and water.

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About us

Company details

te Pa has been home for 800 years. Haysley MacDonald planted vines on his family’s land on the Wairau Bar in Marlborough in 2003 with a vision of creating a premium range of wines to connect the taste of his home, te Pa, with wine lovers all around the world.

With winemaker Liam McElhinney guiding the wines, te Pa now produces exceptional Sauvignon Blanc, Pinot Gris, Chardonnay, Pinot Noir Rosé, and Pinot Noir, under the te Pa banner and also two high quality, value ranges; Pa Road and Koha. Today, te Pa is an international brand - but the taste of home is still unmistakable.

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