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Waipara Valley Wines Blanc de Blanc, 2016 Sauvignon, and 2016 Pinot Noir

09 March,2018

Waipara Valley Wines is the brand of Blake Lissington, a wine industry professional of 12 years working in Australia and New Zealand as a WSET sommelier, wine trainer in China, as well as in production and sales. Blake has a passion for the wines of the Waipara Valley, and he operates his label as a negociant, selecting, blending and bottling wines. He does not own vineyard or a winery. Here, I review a selection of his wines. The 2016 Pinot Noir is yet to be labelled. For availability, contact Blake on email:


Waipara Valley Wines Waipara Valley Blanc de Blanc NV

Sparkling Wine from New Zealand – Canterbury & Waipara


Full, even, bright light, golden-yellow colour with some depth, lighter edged, the bubbles moderately fine with good persistence. The nose is full and gently packed with well-concentrated aromas of white and yellow stonefruits harmoniously melded with nutty aldehyde elements and firm bready-yeasty autolysis complexities. This unfolds white florals and piquant chalkiness. Dry to taste and medium-bodied, the palate has a rich core of savoury white and yellow stonefruits entwined with bread and yeast autolysis, and a harmonious layer of nutty aldehydes. The mouthfeel has good effervescence enhancing the lacy acidity. The wine flows along a fine phenolic line unveiling savoury nutty nuances. This is a rich and well-packed Blanc de Blanc sparkling with savoury stonefruit, autolysis and development flavours. Serve as an aperitif and with white meat dishes over the next 2+ years. 100% Chardonnay from Waipara, bottle fermented to 11.5% alc., the wine aged in bottle for 5 years and disgorged early 2012. 17.0+/20 Mar 2018 RRP $14.99

Waipara Valley Wines ‘Lot Two’ Waipara Valley Sauvignon Blanc 2016

Sauvignon Blanc from New Zealand – Canterbury & Waipara


Bright straw-yellow colour with lemon-green hues, lighter on the rim. The nose is full with aromas of greengages and green stonefruits along with a layering of green beans, showing secondary development. The aromatics are up-front and accessible. Dry to taste and medium-bodied, the palate has a soft and rounded core with light flavours of greengages and savoury green stonefruits and secondary green bean notes, unfolding dark herb and lantana detail. The mouthfeel is softly textured and the wine flows easily with soft acidity carrying the flavours to a moderately concentrated, lingering finish. This is a rounded Sauvignon Blanc with flavours of savoury green stonefruits and developed bean notes on a soft, easy palate. Match with Mediterranean fare over the next 18 months to 2 years. Fruit from a Georges Road site, fermented in stainless-steel to 13.0% alc. 16.0/20 Mar 2018 RRP $14.99

Waipara Valley Wines ‘Cleanskin’ Waipara Valley Pinot Noir 2016

Pinot Noir from New Zealand – Canterbury & Waipara


Ruby-red colour with some depth and slight purple hues. The nose is fresh and bright with fragrant aromas of dark-red cherry and raspberry fruit with subtle dark herb elements. This is vibrant and primary in expression, and reveals some liquorice nuances with aeration. Medium-bodied, the palate is rich and sweet with juicy flavours of red cherries and dark raspberries, lifted by red florals and entwined with liquorice and bitter herb detail. The fruit is upfront and the primary lift is enhanced by fine, crisp acidity. Light, supple tannins lend structure, and the wine carries with good energy to a fruity finish. This is an up-front, primary fruited Pinot Noir with juicy cherry and raspberry fruit, good acidity and a light grip. Match with pasta, poultry and pork over the next 3-4 years. Fruit from Georges Road, hand-picked and indigenous yeast fermented, the wine aged 10 months in seasoned oak. 16.5+/20 Mar 2018 RRP $24.99

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