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Waipara West Owner: Paul Tutton

376 Ram Paddock Road Amberley RD 2, 7482 North Canterbury
New Zealand
Telephone +64 3 3148699
Fax +64 3 3148692

This company is co-exhibitor of
New Zealand Winegrowers

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ProWein 2020 hall map (Hall 9): stand E36

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ProWein 2020 fairground map: Hall 9

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Our products

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SAUVIGNON BLANC 2018

From three separate blocks with varying soil characteristics, all within our farm. Pale straw yellow with green hues, aromatics of passionfruit, elderflower but elegant with great len

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CHARDONNAY N BLOCK 2018

Tank fermented and aged on lees for 10 months with no malolactic fermentation. Classic chardonnay characters of citrus, peach, white flower and crushed stone giving subtle fruit and mineral palate with long clean intense finish. Best described as Chablis with fruit.

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CHARDONNAY 2018

Silver and green flashes with a gold base. On the nose, sweet white florals, frying butter and stone fruit. Toasty oak and creamy yeast combining with the fruit invoking wonderful puddings. The entry to the palate is soft and creamy and builds quickly with lemon zest, wood smoke, grapefruit pith and rock salt to a satisfying finish. A wine full of character.

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RIESLING ‘DRY’ 2018

A blend of grapes from two blocks with different characteristics, one low yielding giving concentrated citrus fruit, the other more vigorous and lush. The wine shows delicate flowers, lemon blossom, lime and strong minerality. Refreshingly dry with some lees influence and great acidity.

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RIESLING ‘HELL BLOCK’ 2013

The aromatics are unashamedly floral in nature, rose, lavender, apple, and citrus blossom. 

If we use colour descriptors rather than traditional flavour this wine would be essentially green/yellow with veins of pink and blue woven through. The former being citrus-like fruit notes and the latter being ripe red apple and crunchy mineral.

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PINOT NOIR 2014

Fermented clonely in small vats, hand punched and matured in oak for 10 months. Dark ripe cherry, plum, raspberry and rhubarb on the nose – an assemblage of aromatics from the newer Bernard clones and the old rustic St. Helena selection. The bright, fruity acidity balances the tannins, the sweet fruit flavour and the alcohol.

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CABERNET FRANC 2018

From possibly the most Southern Cabernet Franc vineyard in the world. Bright purple with crimson hues with red, blue and plummy black fruit, mulberry and brambles. Soft and warm with velvety tannins – savoury and luxurious and a little spicy.

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RAM PADDOCK RED 2014

A blend of Cabernet Franc, Merlot and Cabernet Sauvignon from our ‘hottest’ block, a heat reflecting amphitheatre. Aromatically, Merlot contributes dark chocolate/mocha and plum; Cabernet Franc – violets, red currants and grapefruit; Cabernet Sauvignon – cedar, tobacco and cassis. The palate shows serious, sturdy, structural tannins cloaking the core pastille fruit made savoury by bay leaf, black olive and anise.

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RAM PADDOCK WHITE 2016

Sauvignon Blanc handpicked whole bunch pressed then fermented in barrel and kept on lees with no malolactic fermentation. Exotic aromas – frangipani, papaya, guava and subtle oak. In the mouth the wine is bone dry and deceivingly full bodied with lovely lemon curd, grapefruit and rich stone fruit – finishing dry with some delicate cinnamon spice. A very individual wine.

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TWO TERRACE PINOT NOIR 2017

The Two Terrace label denotes a second wine. Good but not excellent enough to have our main label. Characteristic black plum, Morello cherry and spice. The oak is understated so highlighting the sweet Pinot fruit with plums and cherries on the long tapered finish.

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SWEET WINES

If the season suits and time permits we occasionally make sweet wines.

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About us

Company details

WELCOME TO WAIPARA WEST
Waipara West is the trading and brand name of Tutton Sienko Hill, a family partnership of Paul Tutton, Olga Sienko, Vic Tutton and Lindsay Hill.

We purchased Waipara West in 1989 knowing that, although it was an unsuccessful rabbit infested, sheep farm, it had a combination of factors suitable for the production of quality grapes. Being further inland and higher than existing Waipara vineyards, it was hotter and less frost prone due to natural air movement caused by the river and the sloping terraces. Only then did we realise that the farm had been previously owned by our family some hundred years before.

Waipara West, a geographically correct name but actually called after our weather station, is situated on sunny stony north facing terraces along the Waipara River some seven miles inland from the Pacific Ocean and nestling in the foothills of the Southern Alps.

THE REGION
Waipara, a recognised viticultural region in North Canterbury, is situated 60km north of Christchurch in the South Island. Vines were first planted in the district in 1981, although commercial winemaking really only started in 1990. Waipara has many natural advantages for grape production with its long, dry warm summers, sheltered from cold easterly winds by a range of coastal hills but exposed to hot nor’west winds which help control disease. Drought risk is mitigated by irrigation and the long, dry autumns coupled to good diurnal variance, help provide phenolic ripeness and complexity.

THE SOILS
Over the millennia, our river valley has been formed through successive geological cycles of inundation then emergence from the sea. Abundant marine fossils evidence this history. Geology is well exposed in our area, with limestone outcrops, and deep terraces where the river has been forced to keep digging down to retain its level against the up-thrust of the land. The Waipara river is a small but good example of a braided river with a number of ancient underground river streams running through Hellblock. These are some of the more interesting soils in New Zealand where once giant marine creatures, then more recently Moa, thrived then died. There is around 12 kilograms of Phosphorous in an adult Moa’s bones, so these creatures that lived large in our valley, still give to our soils and vines.

THE VINEYARD
Planting started in 1989 and there are now some 25 hectares of producing vines. Soils range from river gravels with silt and limestone to alluvial loams over gravels. The blocks in the vineyard differ in height and aspect with the river terraces being partially encompassed by cliffs. Considering the region and climate, the vineyard’s natural amphitheatres allow a wide range of varieties to grow and ripen, creating incredibly diverse flavours. We are members of Sustainable Winegrowing New Zealand, which provides a framework for the best viticultural practices to protect the environment while efficiently producing premium grapes. We do not use insecticides, residual herbicides or artificial fertiliser and are continually extending our areas of native bush on our land and adjoining river bed.

THE WINEMAKING
Only grapes from our own vineyard are used for our wines with each clone and block being vinified separately to allow subsequent blending options. Our modern functional winery, under the direction of Paul Goodege, is located centrally in the vineyards. Because the yields in all varieties are low, the wines are generally intense and have an inherent structure. Our winemaking is aimed at retaining rather than enhancing these characteristics, allowing a framework for each wine to develop and evolve in bottle to provide a wine with complexity and interest.

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