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Stone Paddock 2015 Hawke’s Bay Merlot and Syrah

26 April,2018

Paritua Vineyards on Maraekakaho Road near Hastings is showing its potential and beginning to spread its wings, with intentions to grow its domestic presence as well as the U.S. market. This follows successful exports especially to China, since the company was purchased by a syndicate of N.Z. Chinese in 2011. The quality of the top Paritua wines made by Jason Stent has been very high, and now the secondary ‘Stone Paddock’ wines are showing greater consistency in style, with clearer varietal and regional expression, and of course, a step forwards in quality. Here, I review the new release 2015 Stone Paddock Merlot and Syrah.


Stone Paddock by Paritua Hawke’s Bay Merlot 2015

Merlot from New Zealand – Hawke’s Bay


Very dark, deep, saturated black-red colour with some purple hues, youthful in appearance. The nose is full and bold with very ripe aromas of blackberries and black plums along with subtle notes of dark herbs, unfolding cassis and black mineral elements. The aromatics show depth and density. Full-bodied, the palate has richly sweet, up-front and mouthfilling flavours of ripe blackberries and black plums, and nuances of boysenberries. Cassis, dark herbs emerge to add detail. The fruit is plush and driven by alcohol power, with fine-grained tannin extraction adding to the presence. Underlying acidity lends linearity, and the flavours carry to a densely concentrated, long finish of ripe black fruits, herbs and minerals. This is a richly sweet, bold and luscious, ripe Merlot with blackberry and plum flavours with herb and cassis interest on a fine, but driven palate. Match with game meat dishes over the next 6-8 years. Merlot fruit from the ‘Paritua’ vineyard, fermented to 14.5% alc., the wine aged 12 months in 20% new French oak barriques. 18.0+/20 Apr 2018 RRP $24.99

Stone Paddock by Paritua Hawke’s Bay Syrah 2015

Syrah from New Zealand – Hawke’s Bay


Full, dark, deep purple-hued black-red colour, a little lighter on the rim. The nose is elegant in proportion with fragrant fruit aromas of dark raspberries and blackberries entwined with black and white pepper, unfolding spices, herbs and a little minerally reduction. Medium-full bodied, the fruit is initially reticent but unfolds to form a concentrated core of blackberry and dark raspberry fruit with notes of Asian spices, white and black pepper, along with nuances of earth and minerally reduction. This has good depth and concentration, and the fruit is supported by supple, fine-grained tannin grip with fresh acidity lending tension and energy. The wine carries to an elegant, lingering finish of fruits and spices. This is an elegant Syrah with blackberry and raspberry fruit along with spice, pepper and some reduction on a supple, lively palate. Match with roasted lamb and beef, or serve with Middle Eastern cuisine over the next 4-5 years. A multi-clone blend, the fruit destemmed and fermented to 13.5% alc., the wine aged 12 months in 20% new French oak barriques. 17.5/20 Apr 2018 RRP $24.99

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