The Glazebrook family were founding partners of Ngatarawa with Alwyn Corban in 1981. Today Alwyn Corban and Brian Corban continue their 400 year family winemaking heritage as sole proprietors of Ngatarawa Wines in Hawkes Bay. Fine wine has a sense of place and the map coordinates on the label reinforce the origin of the wines.
Terroir: On the East Coast of the North Island of New Zealand, Hawke’s Bay enjoys a temperate climate ideally suited to producing full-flavored wines showing strong varietal intensity.
Vinification: The grapes were harvested by machine and pressed immediately on arrival at the winery. Inoculation with selected yeast ensured fermentation at 14 to 16C on new French Oak staves in stainless steel tanks. Fermentation on oak followed by periodic lees stirring added weight and texture to the wine. The wine did not go through malolactic fermentation and retains its natural acidity.
The 2016 growing season was a characterised by a relatively cool Spring, good heat through the mid-Summer with drought conditions in some Eastern areas and variable conditions at harvest. This made for a challenging harvest with picking decisions largely dictated by periodic rain events. However, conditions remained warm through-out the harvest period and all-in-all we were very satisfied with the quality and quantity of grapes received at the winery.
Persistent stonefruit, mandarin and tropical fruit flavors. Smooth, with weight and texture. Balanced acidity in citrus spectrum. Enjoy on its own or with seafood, chicken, creamy or tomato pasta and vegetable dishes.
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