The Waipara Valley is sheltered by the Teviotdale hills that provide protection from cool easterly winds but are still open to warming North West winds. The valley has three general sites, valley floor, hill slopes or river terraces. The soil types include; gravely deposits on flats and terraces in the central and west of the valley, limestone derived clays on hillsides and valley floor to the eastern side and gravely loams over alluvial subsoil in the southern part of the region.
Once harvested the grapes were transported to the winery, gently pressed and settled in tank. The warm fermentation was started with a handful of selected yeast strains. After the completion of ferment the wine was left to mature on full yeast lees for up to three months to enhance mid palate structure and mouth feel. After blending, the wine was fined using natural methods and prepared for bottling.
The 2013 Waipara Wai Pinot Gris is a ripe and richly flavoured style. The nose is awash with spicy poached pears, orange zest, lychee and a hint of spiced ginger. The palate is rich and decadent with sweet, ripe pears and lively citrus flavours in the mid palate with a zesty natural acidity adding length and freshness to the rounded and flavourful finish. This classic wine goes exceptionally well with creamy chicken and Asian dishes. The rich terroir combined with the long hot autumn period helps produce unique rich varietal styles of Pinot Noir, Pinot Gris and Sauvignon Blanc.