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Stone Paddock 2017 Rosé and Sauvignon Blanc, and 2016 Chardonnay

20 February,2018

Stone Paddock is the secondary brand of Patitua Vineyards on Maraekakaho Road in the Bridge Pa Triangle district of Hawke’s Bay. Established in 2001, it was purchased by a syndicate of N.Z. Chinese in 2011 who have had considerable success exporting, especially to China. The company is now beginning to grow its domestic business, with new distribution and the planned opening of a new cellar door and visitor centre later this year. Paritua is a serious industry participant with 53 ha of vineyard supplementing fruit under contract, and a modern 450 tonne winery on site. The wines produced by winemaker Jason Stent are impressive (click here to see my reviews from July last year). Here, I review the new release, accessible Stone Paddock 2017 Rosé and Sauvignon Blanc, and 2016 Chardonnay.


Stone Paddock by Paritua Hawke’s Bay Rosé 2017

Rose from New Zealand – Hawke’s Bay


Pale peach-pink colour with a little depth, very light on the rim. The nose is soft with gently fresh and moderately concentrated aromas of strawberries and cream along with red florals and some fermentation esters lift, unfolding confectionary nuances. Dry to taste and light-bodied, the palate has finely concentrated flavours of strawberries along with lifted florals and fermentation esters, and a little confectionary. The palate is gently crisp with fresh acidity, and the wine flows easily on a light, fine phenolic line with good energy, leading to a light, confectionary nuanced finish. This is a pretty and light-fruited dry rosé with strawberry and floral flavours on a fresh, flowing palate. Serve as an aperitif and with canapés over the next 2 years. A blend of 60% Merlot and 40% Cabernet Franc from the company’s Bridge Pa Triangle vineyard, given a short period of soaking and cool-fermented in tank to 11.5% alc. and <1.0 g/L RS. 17.5-/20 Feb 2018 RRP $20.00

Stone Paddock by Paritua Hawke’s Bay Sauvignon Blanc 2017

Sauvignon Blanc from New Zealand – Hawke’s Bay


Bright, light straw-yellow colour with slight green hues, very pale on the rim. The nose is light in presentation with restrained, fragrant and lifted aromas of gooseberries, fresh herbs and white florals, unfolding cool-spectrum nettle elements. The nose has a subtle piquancy and grows in intensity with aeration. Dry to taste and light-bodied, the palate is shy in expression with restrained gooseberry fruit with soft notes of florals and a suggestion of green beans. The mouthfeel is refreshing and lively with crisp acidity, and the wine carries along a light phenolic-textured line, leading to a slender finish. This is a light and restrained Sauvignon Blanc with gooseberry and herb flavours, fresh acidity and light, dry textures. Serve as an aperitif and with salads and vegetables over the next 2 years. Fruit from the Bridge Pa Triangle vineyard cool-fermented in stainless-steel with 10% in barrel to 12.0% alc. and <1.0 g/L RS, the wine aged on lees for 3 months. 16.5+/20 Feb 2018 RRP $20.00

Stone Paddock by Paritua Hawke’s Bay Chardonnay 2016

Chardonnay from New Zealand – Hawke’s Bay


Bright, light golden-yellow colour with light lemon-green hues, pale edged. The nose has a full and deep heart of ripe white and yellow stonefruits along with nutty oak notes, unveiling hints of lemon-curd MLF and a suggestion of oxidative detail. The aromatics possess an steeliness. Medium-full bodied, the palate has up-front flavours of yellow stonefruits along with nutty and toasty oak with hints of lemon-curd MLF. The flavours are mouthfilling and possess good presence. The wine has vigour and energy and fresh acidity lends energy and cut, carrying to a full robust finish. This is a fulsome, up-front Chardonnay with yellow stonefruit and nutty flavours on a vigorous palate with crisp acid cut. Match with grilled and roasted seafood and poultry dishes over the next 3-4 years. Clone 95 and 15 fruit from the ‘Paritua’ vineyard, fermented in stainless-steel with 20% in French oak to 13.5% alc., the wine aged several months on lees, and approx. 20% undergoing MLF. 17.5/20 Feb 2018 RRP $24.00

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