Waipipi Homestead Vineyard ‘Opaki’ Wairarapa Chardonnay 2014

The Waipipi Homestead Vineyard property in the Opaki district near Masterton has a history stretching back to 1903 when the land was purchased by a Mr Wrightson. The Bunny family acquired it in 1908 and have farmed and grown it for three generations, planting grapes in 1993 to total around 8 ha on the site nowadays. In 2012, the homestead and vineyard were purchased by Rachel Dillimore and Daniel Morton who have begun replanting the vineyard. New vines of MS clone Sauvignon Blanc account for approx. 15% of the plantings with a similar proportion of original Chardonnay vines in clones 95, Mendoza 15 and 6. The new plantings of Pinot Noir are in Abel, 10/5 and 5, and account for approx. 70% of the vines. Dillimore and Morton have Ian McGovern making the Sauvignon Blanc at Loopline Vineyard, and Jon McNab making the Chardonnay at Fairmont Estate. Here, I review the 2014 Chardonnay. www.opaki.co.nz


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