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All the Pinot Noir from 2016

Date: February 21st, 2022, Posted by Aurum

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All the Pinot Noir from 2015

Date: December 17th, 2021, Posted by Aurum

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All the Pinot Noir from 2014

Date: December 3rd, 2021, Posted by Aurum

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Madeleine Organic Pinot Noir Vertical 2013 – 2015 – 2017

Date: December 3rd, 2021, Posted by Aurum

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18 carat Noble Pinot Gris Vertical 2009 – 2011 – 2015

Date: December 3rd, 2021, Posted by Aurum

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Mathilde Organic Pinot Noir 2006 – 2011 – 2013

Date: December 3rd, 2021, Posted by Aurum

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Organic Amber Vertical 2014 – 2015 – 2018

Date: December 3rd, 2021, Posted by Aurum

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Organic Chardonnay Vertical 2010 – 2016 – 2017

Date: December 3rd, 2021, Posted by Aurum

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Mathilde Organic Pinot Noir Vertical 2006-2011-2013

Date: December 3rd, 2021, Posted by Aurum

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Dry Riesling Vertical 2006 – 2007 – 2008

Date: December 3rd, 2021, Posted by Aurum

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Estate Organic Pinot Noir Vertical 2006 – 2007 – 2009

Date: December 3rd, 2021, Posted by Aurum

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Current vintage Whites horizontal February 2021

Date: December 3rd, 2021, Posted by Aurum

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2018 MATHILDE ORGANIC PINOT NOIR

Date: April 5th, 2021, Posted by Aurum

Appearance

Clear ruby red.

Bouquet

Complex smoky, cedarwood, red fruit and dried herbs.

Palate

Raspberry and black currant flavours with savoury and earthy tones. This wine has a solid mid-palate and lingering chocolate finish.  An elegant wine, well balanced with silky tannins and good acidity.

Technical Analysis

45 degrees South

Low cropping estate grown grapes for this wine were hand-harvested in March 2018 from Aurum’s Te Wairere vineyard in the Lowburn area of Central Otago, New Zealand.

A consistently warm-season drove a very early ripening of the grapes.

Soils

Windblown sands and silts.

Vine age

18-year-old vines

Trellis Style

VSP (Vertical shoot positioning)

Winemaker’s comments

Grapes for this Pinot Noir were selected by the winemakers and fermented in open-top fermenters, hand plunged and with wild yeasts. The wine was matured for 12 months in French oak barrels with 20% new oak.

Will reward by cellaring 4-8 years.

Mathilde is the name of the firstborn daughter of winemakers, Brook and Lucie Lawrence.

Bottled: September 2019

Alcohol: 14 %

Closure: Screwcap

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2019 DRY RIESLING

Date: March 2nd, 2021, Posted by Aurum

TECHNICAL ANALYSIS – Grapes for this wine were hand-harvested in late April from the Cromwell basin area of Central Otago.

CLIMATE – A long warm autumn with hot dry days and cool nights allowed an extended ripening of fine clean fruit still holding good acidity.

SOILS – Fluvial, glacial silts and gravels.

VINE AGE – 21-year-old vines

TRELLIS STYLE – VSP

WINEMAKER’S COMMENTS:
The grapes were whole bunch pressed to minimise extraction of skin phenolics and cool-fermented in stainless steel tanks. The ferment was stopped to maintain a small residual sugar level to balance the acidity.

Bottled: October 2019
Alcohol: 12.5%
Acidity: 9 g/L
Residual sugar: 6 g/L

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Current Vintage Pinot Noir horizontal January 2021

Date: January 28th, 2021, Posted by Aurum

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Dry Riesling Vertical 2005 – 2008 – 2010

Date: January 21st, 2021, Posted by Aurum

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Madeleine Pinot Noir Vertical 2012 – 2014 – 2016

Date: January 21st, 2021, Posted by Aurum

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2019 ORGANIC PINOT GRIS

Date: January 19th, 2021, Posted by Aurum

Appearance

Crystal clear – very pale lemon

Bouquet

Intense perfume of honeysuckle, quince, mandarin peel and melon.

Palate

This wine is supple and ripe with intense pear, quince and mandarin flavours. The fruit and spice notes are underlined by a rich and creamy mouthfeel with a good acidity providing a mineral backbone and a long lingering aftertaste to this off-dry style wine.

Technical Analysis

Location – 45 degrees South

Low cropping estate grown grapes for this wine were hand-harvested in April from Aurum’s Te Wairere vineyard in the Lowburn area of Central Otago.

Soils

Fluvial, glacial silts and gravels.

Vine age

19-year-old vines

Trellis Style

VSP Vertical Shoot Positioning

Winemakers comments

The grapes were whole bunch pressed to minimise extraction of skin phenolics and fermented at low temperature in stainless steel tanks with 8 months ageing on lees to increase the mouthfeel.

Alcohol: 13.5%

Residual sugar:  5g/L

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Cromwell, a hidden gem

Date: December 15th, 2020, Posted by Aurum

45mn from Queenstown airport and 2.5 h from Dunedin airport.

Cromwell is one of New Zealand’s hidden gems. As well as being the home to Aurum Wines, Cromwell is also surrounded by stunning mountains and lakes and sits at the heart of the Central Otago wine region.

Cromwell is a popular destination for day trippers from Queenstown and Dunedin. Located only 45 minutes from Queenstown and two and a half hours from Dunedin, the drive to Cromwell will take you through the heart of the stunning Otago region and it’s the perfect opportunity to get out and explore beyond two of the South Island’s major cities.

As well as being at the heart of wine growing country, Cromwell is also known for its fruit production and is a hotspot for backpackers and students looking for seasonal work in the orchards and the vineyards.

Cromwell is also the home to some great activities from action-packed jet boating to the more relaxing walking and hiking opportunities that are abundant in and around Cromwell.

If you are planning a trip to Cromwell and you are looking for ideas for things to do, here are some of our favourites:

Top 5 things to do in Cromwell

Whether you’re looking for action or relaxation, you should find plenty in this list to keep you busy on a day trip or longer to Cromwell.

1.      Central Otago Wine Tasting

Perhaps we are a little biased on this one, however one of the main attractions in Cromwell is the vineyards. Here at Aurum, you can visit our cellar door during the summer from 11am to 5pm for tastings, locally sourced platters, and sales. Our cellar door is situated in the original farm cottage and is surrounded by a fragrant country garden with plenty of off-road parking. Throughout the year we offer tastings of our Single Estate Organic Central Otago Pinot Noir, Mathilde Pinot Noir, Madeleine Pinot Noir, Amber Wine, Chardonnay, Pinot Gris, Pinot Gris Rosé, Dry Riesling and Dessert Wines. You can also taste and purchase our Central Otago organic olive oil.

2.      Cycle Lake Dunstan

If you are looking for something a bit more energetic, why not hire a bike and go and explore one of the many cycle trails located in and around Cromwell. The Cromwell to Bannockburn Lakeside Trail is one of the most popular and one of the easiest and takes in some of the stunning scenery along the shores of Lake Dunstan, through Old Cromwell Town and along the Kawarau River. The ride ends at Bannockburn Bridge where you will find a pub serving great food and cold drinks.

3.      Jet boat on the Kawarau River

Jet boating has become one of the most popular activities in New Zealand for locals and tourists alike. Whilst Queenstown is a popular spot for jet boating, consider exploring the Kawarau River from Cromwell where Goldfields Jet will take you along the Kawarau River Gorge, taking you dangerously close to the towering canyon walls and performing some thrilling 360 degree spins.

4.      Pan for gold at the Goldfields Mining Centre

Cromwell was at the heart of the gold rush in New Zealand in the 1860s and gold mining is still a pretty big deal in Cromwell. Remarkably, there is still gold to be found in the surrounding rivers so why not try your luck and strike for gold at the Goldfields Mining Centre. It’s not just about the panning for gold – there are some lovely walks and a lot to learn about the history of golf mining in the area and you can either take a guided tour or self-guide your way through a range of cool machinery and historic information boards. There’s also some stunning views over the Kawarau River.

5.      Highlands Motorsport Park

For thrill seekers, it may surprise you to know that Cromwell is home to a motorsport park, with the Highlands Motorpsort Park located in Cromwell. Highlands hosts a number of professional racing events, however, it’s also a great place for you to enjoy an adrenaline-packed day of motorsport. There are a number of options depending on your budget and experience – from go-karting to fast laps, driver training t0 the car museum – there is a little bit of something for everyone at Highlands.

Getting around

Cromwell is extremely accessible no matter where you fly into – Queenstown or Dunedin. If you are looking for a rental car when you hit the South Island, look no further than locally owned and operated GO Rentals. With rental car locations in Queenstown and hire cars at Dunedin Airport, they have a wide range of modern rental cars to suit all budgets and all traveller groups.

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Aurum Pinot Noirs Horizontal 2016

Date: November 26th, 2020, Posted by Aurum

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Mathilde Pinot Noir vertical

Date: November 26th, 2020, Posted by Aurum

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Pinot Gris ages beautifully!

Date: November 26th, 2020, Posted by Aurum

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2017 MADELEINE ORGANIC PINOT NOIR

Date: October 19th, 2020, Posted by Aurum

APPEARANCE – Bright, deep garnet.

BOUQUET – Perfumed bouquet of floral notes and dried herbs with both red and black fruits.

PALATE- The structure is detailed and layered. This wine shows transparency and remains delicate despite its concentration.

LOCATION – 45 DEGREES SOUTH. Low cropping estate grown grapes for this wine were hand-harvested in April 2017 from Te Wairere vineyard in Lowburn, Central Otago.

Climate – 2017 was cool with a very long ripening period and fruit reached optimum ripeness.

Soils – Glacial/fluvial gravel and silts.

Vine age – 17-year-old vines

Alcohol: 13%

WINEMAKER’S COMMENTS:
Aurum’s philosophy is to work as closely as possible with nature. Our vineyard and winery are managed using certified organic practices and we thrive to produce wines that speak truthfully of their origins. Organics is the defining philosophy of our vineyard management and part of an overall goal to achieve continuous improvements in vineyard sustainability and to make better wines.

This Pinot Noir was processed by foot trampling 100% whole bunch grapes in open fermenter with wild yeasts and aged in French oak barrels for 12 months.

Will reward by cellaring 8-10 years.

Madeleine is the name of the second-born daughter of our winemakers, Brook and Lucie Lawrence.

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2019 ORGANIC AMBER WINE

Date: October 1st, 2020, Posted by Aurum

APPEARANCE – Clear amber/orange colour.

BOUQUET – Spiced honey, dried nectarines and pears.

PALATE – Bone dry, rippled with minerality and tannins. This wine is at the crossroads of a red wine for its tannins and texture, a cool climate white wine for its intense minerality and a barrel fermented white wine for its charming oxidative notes.

TECHNICAL ANALYSIS:

LOCATION – 45 Degrees South.
Low cropping estate grown grapes for this wine were hand harvested in April from Aurum’s Te Wairere vineyard in the Lowburn area of Central Otago.

CLIMATE – A long warm autumn with hot dry days and cool nights allowed an extended ripening of fruit still holding good acidity.

SOILS – Fluvial, glacial silts and gravels.

VINE AGE – 15 – 20 year old vines

TRELLIS STYLE – VSP

WINEMAKERS COMMENTS:
This wine is made using ancient techniques. The grapes underwent fermentation with their skins. After an extensive post maceration of 4 months, the wine was drained through a muslin cloth and aged for 12 months. The wine was then hand bottled, unfined and unfiltered.

Preservative free, 100% grapes.

Alcohol: 13.5% alc by vol

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2020 ORGANIC PINOT GRIS ROSE

Date: October 1st, 2020, Posted by Aurum


DESCRIPTION:

APPEARANCE – Delicate salmon-pink colour

TASTING NOTES – This wine is mouthwatering, vivacious and captures the fragrances of Summer.

TECHNICAL ANALYSIS:

LOCATION – 45 Degrees South
Low cropping estate grown grapes for this wine were hand-harvested in April from Aurum’s Te Wairere vineyard in the Lowburn area of Central Otago.

CLIMATE – A long warm autumn with hot dry days and cool nights allowed an extended ripening of fruit still holding good acidity.

SOILS – Fluvial, glacial silts and gravels.

VINE AGE – 15-20-year-old vines

TRELLIS STYLE – VSP

WINEMAKERS COMMENTS:

Macerated to extract the delicate colour of the Pinot Gris skins and vinified in stainless steel at low temperature. Perfect as an aperitif or with a light lunch.

Residual Sugar: 3 g/L
Alcohol: 13.5% alc by vol

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Let’s talk viticulture with Brook Lawrence

Date: August 11th, 2020, Posted by Aurum

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Ageing Chardonnay

Date: May 28th, 2020, Posted by Aurum

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What is Classic Central Otago Pinot Noir with Matt Connell Wines

Date: May 28th, 2020, Posted by Aurum

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Influence of vintage conditions on Pinot Noir

Date: May 28th, 2020, Posted by Aurum

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Textures of Pinot Gris

Date: May 28th, 2020, Posted by Aurum

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2019 ORGANIC PINOT GRIS ROSE

Date: February 20th, 2020, Posted by Aurum

DESCRIPTION:

APPEARANCE – Delicate salmon-pink colour

TASTING NOTES – This wine is mouthwatering, vivacious and captures the fragrances of stone fruits and strawberry and cream.

TECHNICAL ANALYSIS:

LOCATION – 45 Degrees South
Low cropping estate grown grapes for this wine were hand-harvested in April from Aurum’s Te Wairere vineyard in the Lowburn area of Central Otago.

CLIMATE – A long warm autumn with hot dry days and cool nights allowed an extended ripening of fruit still holding good acidity.

SOILS – Fluvial, glacial silts and gravels.

VINE AGE – 14-18-year-old vines

TRELLIS STYLE – VSP

WINEMAKERS COMMENTS:

Macerated to extract the delicate colour of the Pinot Gris skins and vinified in stainless steel at low temperature. Perfect as an aperitif or with a light lunch.

Residual Sugar: 3 g/L
Alcohol: 13% alc by vol

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2018 ORGANIC PINOT NOIR

Date: February 20th, 2020, Posted by Aurum

TECHNICAL ANALYSIS:

LOCATION – Estate grown grapes from Aurum’s organic Te Wairere vineyard in Lowburn, near Cromwell, Central Otago. Low cropping grapes for this wine were hand-harvested in March 2018 after long slow ripening.

CLIMATE – A season of hot dry days and cool nights allowed an extended ripening of ripe clean fruit still holding good acidity.

SOILS – Windblown sands and silts.

VITICULTURE – 18-year-old vines on VSP trellis.

WINEMAKER’S COMMENTS:
Aurum’s philosophy is to work as closely as possible with nature. Our vineyard and winery are managed using certified organic practices and we thrive to produce wines that speak truthfully of their origins. Organics is the defining philosophy of our vineyard management and part of an overall goal to achieve continuous improvements in vineyard sustainability and to make better wines.

The grapes were mostly destemmed, cold-soaked for 5 days and fermented in open vats with wild yeasts. The wine was matured in French oak barrels for 12 months. Unfined and unfiltered.

Alcohol: 14%
Bottled: October 2019

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2016 MADELEINE ORGANIC PINOT NOIR

Date: February 20th, 2020, Posted by Aurum

APPEARANCE – Bright, deep garnet.

BOUQUET – Perfumed bouquet of floral notes and dried herbs with both red and black fruits.

PALATE- The structure is detailed and layered. This wine shows transparency and remains delicate despite its concentration.

LOCATION – 45 DEGREES SOUTH. Low cropping estate grown grapes for this wine were hand-harvested in April 2016 from Te Wairere vineyard in Lowburn, Central Otago.

Climate – 2016 was warm with a very long ripening period and fruit reached optimum ripeness.

Soils – Glacial/fluvial gravel and silts.

Vine age – 16-year-old vines

Alcohol: 13%

WINEMAKER’S COMMENTS:
Aurum’s philosophy is to work as closely as possible with nature. Our vineyard and winery are managed using certified organic practices and we thrive to produce wines that speak truthfully of their origins. Organics is the defining philosophy of our vineyard management and part of an overall goal to achieve continuous improvements in vineyard sustainability and to make better wines.

This Pinot Noir was processed by foot trampling 100% whole bunch grapes in open fermenter with wild yeasts and aged in French oak barrels for 12 months.

Will reward by cellaring 8-10 years.

Madeleine is the name of the second-born daughter of our winemakers, Brook and Lucie Lawrence.

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2018 ORGANIC PINOT GRIS

Date: February 20th, 2020, Posted by Aurum

Appearance

Crystal clear – very pale lemon

Bouquet

Intense perfume of honeysuckle, quince, mandarin peel and melon.

Palate

This wine is supple and ripe with intense pear, quince and mandarin flavours. The fruit and spice notes are underlined by a rich and creamy mouthfeel with a good acidity providing a mineral backbone and a long lingering aftertaste to this off-dry style wine.

Technical Analysis

Location – 45 degrees South

Low cropping estate grown grapes for this wine were hand-harvested in April from Aurum’s Te Wairere vineyard in the Lowburn area of Central Otago.

Climate

We experienced an unusually warm summer with hot dry days and harvested a whole month earlier.

Soils

Fluvial, glacial silts and gravels.

Vine age

18-year-old vines

Trellis Style

VSP Vertical Shoot Positioning

Winemakers comments

The grapes were whole bunch pressed to minimise extraction of skin phenolics and fermented at low temperature in stainless steel tanks with lees stirring and 6 months ageing on those lees to increase the mouthfeel.

Alcohol: 13.5%

Residual sugar:  7g/L

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2017 MATHILDE ORGANIC PINOT NOIR

Date: February 18th, 2020, Posted by Aurum

Appearance

Clear ruby red.

Bouquet

Complex smoky, cedarwood, red fruit and dried herbs.

Palate

Raspberry and black currant flavours with savoury and earthy tones. This wine has a solid mid-palate and lingering chocolate finish.  An elegant wine, well balanced with silky tannins and good acidity.

Technical Analysis

45 degrees South

Low cropping estate grown grapes for this wine were hand-harvested in April 2017 from Aurum’s Te Wairere vineyard in the Lowburn area of Central Otago, New Zealand.

A wet and cool start followed by an average summer and dry autumn allowing an extended hang time for the fruit to slowly reach optimum ripeness.

Soils

Windblown sands and silts.

Vine age

17-year-old vines

Trellis Style

VSP (Vertical shoot positioning)

Winemaker’s comments

Grapes for this Pinot Noir were selected by the winemakers and fermented in open-top fermenters, hand plunged and with wild yeasts. The wine was matured for 12 months in French oak barrels with 20% new oak.

Will reward by cellaring 4-8 years.

Mathilde is the name of the firstborn daughter of winemakers, Brook and Lucie Lawrence.

Bottled: September 2018

Alcohol: 13.5 %

Closure: Screwcap

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2017 ORGANIC PINOT GRIS

Date: September 20th, 2019, Posted by Aurum

Appearance

Crystal clear – very pale lemon

Bouquet

Intense perfume of honeysuckle, quince, mandarin peel and melon.

Palate

This wine is supple and ripe with intense pear, quince and mandarin flavours. The fruit and spice notes are underlined by a rich and creamy mouth feel with a good acidity providing a mineral backbone and a long lingering aftertaste to this off-dry style wine.

Technical Analysis

Location – 45 degrees South

Low cropping estate grown grapes for this wine were hand-harvested in April from Aurum’s Te Wairere vineyard in the Lowburn area of Central Otago.

Climate

We experienced long warm autumn with hot dry days and cool nights. These high diurnal temperature variation help retain bright flavours, varietal integrity and good acidity. 

Soils

Fluvial, glacial silts and gravels.

Vine age

17 year old vines

Trellis Style

VSP Vertical Shoot Positioning

Winemakers comments

The grapes were whole bunch pressed to minimise extraction of skin phenolics and cool-fermented in stainless steel tanks with extensive lees stirring to increase the mouthfeel.

Alcohol: 13.5%

Residual sugar:  5g/L

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2018 ORGANIC AMBER WINE

Date: September 20th, 2019, Posted by Aurum

APPEARANCE – Clear amber/orange colour.

BOUQUET – Spiced honey, dried nectarines and pears.

PALATE – Bone dry, rippled with minerality and tannins. This wine is at the crossroads of a red wine for its tannins and texture, a cool climate white wine for its intense minerality and a barrel fermented white wine for its charming oxidative notes.

TECHNICAL ANALYSIS:

LOCATION – 45 Degrees South.
Low cropping estate grown grapes for this wine were hand harvested in April from Aurum’s Te Wairere vineyard in the Lowburn area of Central Otago.

CLIMATE – A long warm autumn with hot dry days and cool nights allowed an extended ripening of fruit still holding good acidity.

SOILS – Fluvial, glacial silts and gravels.

VINE AGE – 13 – 18 year old vines

TRELLIS STYLE – VSP

WINEMAKERS COMMENTS:
This wine is made using ancient techniques. The grapes underwent fermentation with their skins. After an extensive post maceration of 3 months, the wine was drained through a muslin cloth and aged for 12 months. The wine was then hand bottled, unfined and unfiltered.

Preservative free, 100% grapes.

Alcohol: 14% alc by vol

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2018 ORGANIC CHARDONNAY

Date: August 30th, 2019, Posted by Aurum

A beautiful bouquet of ripe apricot with notes of grapefruit together with toasty, nutty well-integrated oak

DESCRIPTION:

APPEARANCE – Pale straw with bright clarity.

BOUQUET – A beautiful bouquet of ripe apricot with notes of grapefruit together with toasty, nutty well-integrated oak.

PALATE – Full bodied fruit-driven wine with a rich creamy mouthfeel.

TECHNICAL ANALYSIS:

LOCATION – 45 Degrees South
Low cropping grapes for this wine were hand harvested from our Te Wairere vineyard in Lowburn, Central Otago.

Climate
A season of hot dry days and cool nights allowed an extended ripening of ripe clean fruit still holding good acidity.

Soils
Fluvial, glacial silts and gravels.

Vine age
7 year old vines

Trellis Style
VSP with cane pruned vines.

Winemakers comments: Grapes were whole bunch pressed and fermented in French oak barrels (25% new oak) with wild yeasts. The wine went through malolactic fermentation in the following spring. Unfined.

Bottled : June 2018
Alcohol : 13.5 %

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2018 DRY RIESLING

Date: July 26th, 2019, Posted by Aurum

Appearance: Crystal clear, pale lemon.
Palate:
Freshly scented, lively and tangy, this medium-bodied wine has intense lemon/lime flavours, a minerally streak and a finely poised, dryish, very long finish. Full of personality and potential.
Technical Analysis:
Location – 45 degrees South
Grapes for this wine were hand-harvested in late April from the Cromwell basin area of Central Otago.
Climate:
A long warm autumn with hot dry days and cool nights allowed an extended ripening of fine clean fruit still holding good acidity.
Soils: Fluvial, glacial silts and gravels.
Vine Age: 20-year-old vines
Trellis Style: VSP
Winemaker’s Comments:
The grapes were whole bunch pressed to minimise extraction of skin phenolics and cool-fermented in stainless steel tanks. The ferment was stopped to maintain a small residual sugar level to balance the acidity. The wine was aged on its lees for 6 months to develop texture.

Bottled: October 2018
Alcohol: 13%
Acidity: 9 g/L
Residual sugar: 8 g/L
Closure: Screwcap

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2017 DRY RIESLING

Date: July 26th, 2019, Posted by Aurum

Appearance: Crystal clear, pale lemon.
Palate:
Freshly scented, lively and tangy, this medium bodied wine has intense lemon/lime flavours, a minerally streak and a finely poised, dryish, very long finish. Full of personality and potential.
Technical Analysis:
Location – 45 degrees South
Grapes for this wine were hand harvested in late April from the Cromwell basin area of Central Otago.
Climate:
A long warm autumn with hot dry days and cool nights allowed an extended ripening of fine clean fruit still holding good acidity.
Soils: Fluvial, glacial silts and gravels.
Vine Age: 20 year old vines
Trellis Style: VSP
Winemaker’s Comments:
The grapes were whole bunch pressed to minimise extraction of skin phenolics and cool fermented in stainless steel tanks. The ferment was stopped to maintain a small residual sugar level to balance the acidity.

Bottled: 30th October 2017
Alcohol: 12%
Acidity: 10 g/L
Residual sugar: 7 g/L
Closure: Screwcap

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2017 ORGANIC CHARDONNAY

Date: July 26th, 2019, Posted by Aurum


Appearance:

Pale straw with bright clarity.

Bouquet:
A beautiful bouquet of ripe white peaches with notes of grapefruit and lime together with toasty, nutty well-integrated oak.

Palate:
Full-bodied fruit-driven wine with a rich creamy mouthfeel.

Technical Analysis:

Location – 45 Degrees South
Low cropping grapes for this wine were hand-harvested from our Te Wairere vineyard in Lowburn, Central Otago.

Climate:
A season of hot dry days and cool nights allowed an extended ripening of very ripe clean fruit still holding good acidity.

Soils:
Fluvial, glacial silts and gravels.

Vine Age:
6 year old vines

Trellis Style:
VSP with cane pruned vines.Paragraph

Winemakers Comments: Grapes were whole bunch pressed, and fermented in French oak barrels (15% new oak) with wild yeasts. The wine went through malolactic fermentation in the following spring.

Bottled : July 2018
Alcohol : 13 %

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MOROCCAN LAMB WITH QUINCES

Date: May 13th, 2019, Posted by Aurum


Lucie and Brook have the most beautiful quince tree in their garden. In spring it is covered in pink and white blossom and it produces many fine quinces in the autumn. Tired of just making sweet pastes and jellies and knowing that Moroccans use the quince with lamb I experimented with this very simple recipe.

By Joan Lawrence

METHOD

Rub a leg of lamb with olive oil and at least 2 tablespoons Ras el Hanout, You can buy ready made or make your own ( Mixture of coriander, cumin, cardamom, ginger, turmeric, paprika, cinnamon and chilli flakes). Sprinkle with Marlborough sea salt.

Place in a small roasting dish. Too big and the liquid will dry out.  Place 3 cored quartered quinces around the roast. Add about 1 ½ cups good chicken stock and dot the top of each quince quarter with about ½ teaspoon of honey.  Bake in the oven at about 180 degrees C. for 1 ½ hour for succulent lamb still pink inside.  Baste meat and quinces occasionally with the liquid.  The quinces should have lovely caramelised edges and the liquid should be thick.

Remove lamb and rest for at least 15 minutes.  The quinces and much-reduced liquid can then be served alongside the lamb.

I served the lamb with tabbouleh made from lots of chopped parsley, spring onions and tomatoes mixed into soaked burghul or bulgur wheat with plenty of lemon juice and my favourite aubergine, onion and tomato dish called Imam Bayaldi, ‘The Imam Fainted’.

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2016 MATHILDE PINOT NOIR

Date: May 7th, 2019, Posted by Aurum

Appearance: Clear ruby red.
Bouquet: Complex smoky, cedar wood, ripe plum and dried herbs.
Palate: Raspberry and black currant flavours with savoury and earthy tones. This wine has a solid mid-palate and lingering chocolate finish. An elegant wine, well balanced with fine tannins and good acidity.
Technical Analysis:
Location – 45 degrees South
Low cropping estate grown grapes for this wine were hand harvested in April 2016 from Aurum’s Te Wairere vineyard in the Lowburn area of Central Otago, New Zealand.
Climate:
A warm start followed by an average but very windy summer and slightly cooler autumn allowing an extended hang time for the fruit to reached optimum ripeness.
Soils: Wind-blown sands and silts.
Vine Age: 16-year-old vines
Trellis Style: VSP (Vertical shoot positioning)
Winemaker’s Comments:
Grapes for this Reserve Pinot Noir were selected by the winemakers and fermented in open-top fermenters, hand plunged and with wild yeasts. The wine was matured for 12 months in French oak barrels with 20% new oak.
Will reward by cellaring 4-8 years.

Mathilde is the name of the first-born daughter of our winemakers, Brook and Lucie Lawrence.

Bottled: June 2017
Alcohol: 13.5 %
Closure: Screwcap

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Posted in: Tasting Notes, Uncategorized

2015 MATHILDE PINOT NOIR

Date: May 7th, 2019, Posted by Aurum

Appearance: Clear ruby red.
Bouquet: Complex smoky, cedar wood, ripe plum and dried herbs.
Palate: Raspberry and black currant flavours with savoury and earthy tones. This wine has a solid mid-palate and lingering chocolate finish. An elegant wine, well balanced with fine tannins and good acidity.
Technical Analysis:
Location – 45 degrees South
Low cropping estate grown grapes for this wine were hand harvested in April 2015 from Aurum’s Te Wairere vineyard in the Lowburn area of Central Otago, New Zealand.
Climate:
2015 was a long cool season with extended hang time for the fruit which reached optimum ripeness.
Soils: Wind-blown sands and silts.
Vine Age: 15-year-old vines
Trellis Style: VSP (Vertical shoot positioning)
Winemaker’s Comments:
Grapes for this Reserve Pinot Noir were selected by the winemakers and fermented in open-top fermenters, hand plunged and with wild yeasts. The wine was matured for 12 months in French oak barrels with 15% new oak.
Will reward by cellaring 4-8 years.

Mathilde is the name of the first-born daughter of our winemakers, Brook and Lucie Lawrence.

Bottled: June 2016
Alcohol: 14 %
Closure: Screwcap

Posted in: Tasting Notes, Uncategorized

2015 MATHILDE PINOT NOIR

Aurum Wines Central Otago Wine

OFF LICENCE:
Holder's Name: Aurum Wines Ltd
Licence Number: 67/OFF/1/2020
Expiry Date: 18 dec 2022

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