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Te Kauwhata – Quarry Road Estate – Pinot Gris

A rare variety in New Zealand - light glittering colour, vanilla bouquet with a firm body, dry and crispy. Other Quarry Road wines include Sauvignon Blanc, Chardonnay, Riesling, Pinot Gris, Pinot Noir and Merlot/Malbec - of these, some are relatively new plantings which are just reaching full production. The quality can be testified by numerous medals and therefore is a wine which cannot be missed. This Pinot Gris can be purchased from Vin Vino Direct.
Posted 30th October 2009        
     

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A rare variety in New Zealand – light glittering colour, vanilla bouquet with a firm body, dry and crispy. Other Quarry Road wines include Sauvignon Blanc, Chardonnay, Riesling, Pinot Gris, Pinot Noir and Merlot/Malbec – of these, some are relatively new plantings which are just reaching full production.

The quality can be testified by numerous medals and therefore is a wine which cannot be missed. This Pinot Gris can be purchased from Vin Vino Direct.

Quarry Road Estate is a small boutique winery located in Te Kauwhata, in the upper half of the North Island of New Zealand.

Te Kauwhata has been a traditional winemaking region of New Zealand, since the New Zealand Viticultural Research Station was established there in 1897. The region boasts a unique micro-climate ideally suited to quality viticulture. On the shores of Lake Waikare, the third largest lake in New Zealand, Te Kauwhata enjoys typically dry, warm conditions through March and April, the key ripening months for grapes. With cool nights and warm sunny days, the vines ripen their crop steadily and without pressure from adverse weather patterns.

The main Quarry Road vineyard was first planted in 1963 by an ex-director of the research station. As the name Quarry Road implies, the vineyard is situated in rocky soils which maximise the terroir of the region. Since its original planting, the vineyard has changed hands and the winery is now being developed by the current owners, Toby Cooper and Jenny Gander. Toby and Jenny have kept production levels limited to only a few thousand cases per annum in order to retain the hands-on relationship they have with both the vines themselves and the wines they produce.

The focus of the winemaking style is to produce wines that truly reflect the grapes from which they were made, with minimal adulteration through winemaking practices. A secondary objective is to produce wines that are tailored to the palates of the customers rather than the industry. The popularity of the wines is testament to the efficacy of this ideal, whilst the more than 20 awards from major wine competitions in the last few years shows that the judges know a good thing when they taste it too!

All the wines made are from grapes grown in and around Te Kauwhata, 95% being under the direct control of Jenny, the viticulturalist. This control allows for consistency of quality, the primary requirement of any boutique winery.

     

6 Responses to “Te Kauwhata – Quarry Road Estate – Pinot Gris”

  1. we would like to know who the distributor of te Kauwhata sauvignon blanc is in victoria australia
    thank you
    lucy bribuglio

  2. Could you please inform me where i can buy this wine in the UK. I have drunk a Sauvignon Blanc, Quarry Road that had been made from gooseberries.

    Thank you.
    N Fletcher

  3. Thanks for the comments.

    Lucy – sorry but I don’t know distributor details.

    Neil – you can get this wine here

    http://www.vinvinodirect.com/shopexd.asp?id=601

    When you say gooseberries – I’m assuming you mean tasted like gooseberries and not actual gooseberries?

  4. Where can I buy Quarry Road Pinot gris

  5. Is there any egg used in the process of your sea opal sauvignon blanc or any of your wines?

  6. HI there I am looking for somewhere to come for a meal on Mon 9th July half way bettween Auckland and Hamilton. Do you have a cafe restaurant at your vineyard? Thank you look forwrad to your response! REbecca

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