Petane Station 2016 Pinot Gris, Viognier and Chardonnay, and 2015 Syrah

23-Mar-2017
Petane Station is the wine venture of Philip and Sarah Barber who purchased an established vineyard in the Esk Valley district of Hawkes Bay with the intent to produce boutique single vineyard wines. They have developed their holdings to 8 ha over 5 blocks. They have the 3.3 ha ‘Church Block’ established in 1999, planted to Pinot Gris, the ‘0.3 ha ‘Tracks’, established in 2009 with Viognier, the 1.0 ha ‘Hau Hau’, planted in 2011 to Pinot Gris and Gewurztraminer, 0.2 ha in ‘Bellbird’, established also in 2011 with Gewurztraminer, and 0.5 ha in ‘Puriri’, established in 2014 with Chardonnay. Red wine fruit is sourced from other districts. The Barbers personally tend to the viticulture and have Ant Mackenzie making their wines at the Askerne facility. Already, the wines have been awarded well as judgings, and critical acclaim is growing. Here, I review the 2016 Pinot Gris, Viognier and Chardonnay, and 2015 Syrah. The 2016 whites show enhanced aromatics and fresh acidity as shared traits. www.petanestation.co.nz

FEATURED WINES IN THIS REVIEW

  • Petane Station Esk Valley ‘Single Vineyard’ Hawke’s Bay Pinot Gris 2016
  • Petane Station Esk Valley ‘Single Vineyard’ Hawke’s Bay Viognier 2016
  • Petane Station Esk Valley ‘Single Vineyard’ Hawke’s Bay Chardonnay 2016
  • Petane Station Esk Valley ‘Single Vineyard’ Hawke’s Bay Syrah 2015

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