Awatere River, by Louis Vavasour is a collection of award winning, low yield, premium quality wines that reflect the distinctive terroir of the alluvial river flats on which they were grown.
The Vavasours' family settled in NZ in 1887, pioneering commercial grape-growing and winemaking. Louis's parents, Peter and Anna Vavasour planted the first vines in the Awatere Valley in 1986 and established the regions first winery, Vavasour wines. Continuing this family journey, Louis Vavasour established his Awatere River Winery nestled amongst the vines in the Lower Dashwood, Awatere Valley, beneath Mt. Tapuaenuku, Marlborough and is the culmination of 15 years immersion wine making, drawing on over a century of Vavasour family tradition.
Focusing on length, structure and complexity, Awatere River produces exceptional Sauvignon Blanc, Pinot Gris, Chardonnay and Pinot Noir.
The Awatere River Pinot Noir 2013 is made in a gentle way with a largely hands-off approach. This has produced a wine which shows flavours typical of the variety and is silky and elegant on the palate. It has balance and finesse along with the vibrant fruit characters that Marlborough wines are well known for.
This wine is made from grapes from three sites that display complimentary characteristics of flavour and tannin profiles. Handling through the winemaking process has been very gentle to showcase the excellent cherry and berry-fruit flavours specific to the region.
Soil: Alluvial river stone
Grapes: 100% Pinot Noir, Burgundy clones
Ageing: matured in barriques for ten months
Temperature to Serve: 15-18 degrees Celsius