Waitapu Estate Special Reserve Syrah 2009 and Pinotage 2010

Most winegrowers will tip their hats to Eric and Sandra Shackleton who in 2000 established their 4.85 ha Waitapu Estate vineyard at Ahipara, near Kaitaia in Northland. The climate, though good for ripening has its challenges in rainfall and humidity, and this demands careful viticulture. One must admire their drive and determination, as well as the resulting Northland wines which add diversity to our industry’s output. Their perseverance has seen the emergence of Pinotage, Syrah, Cabernet Franc, Tempranillo and Sangiovese as the most promising varieties for their site. Over time, they have determined particular parts of their vineyard which seem very favourable for quality fruit. Here, I review the ‘Special Reserve’ releases of Syrah 2009 and Pinotage 2010, coming from a sheltered north-facing section. The grapes were left on vine for longer and kept separate from the main harvest (click here to see my review of the ‘regular’ Syrah 2009 and here for the Pinotage 2010 bottlings).  www.waitapuestate.co.nz


  • Waitapu Estate ‘Reef Point’ ‘Special Reserve’ Syrah 2009
  • Waitapu Estate ‘Reef Point’ ‘Special Reserve’ Pinotage 2010

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