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  • Wine | Nga Waka Wines
    our teeth Posted in Vintage Reports Wine Written by Nga Waka on May 22 2014 0 Comments Growing season Oct Apr data Rainfall mm Growing Degree Days heat units The two key statistics from the 2013 14 season are that we matched our earliest harvest date 24 March and that the 2nd and 3rd weeks of April produced more rain than recorded for the entire month of April over the last 30 years The The Age of Riesling Posted in Tastings Wine Written by Nga Waka on March 17 2014 0 Comments Raymond Chan wine industry stalwart judge commentator and author of www raymondchanwinereviews co nz has his say on Nga Waka Riesling following a recent vertical tasting Raymond s overall assessment and detailed notes are re printed here with Raymond s kind permission Cheers Roger Parkinson Nga Waka Riesling Vertical Tasting 2011 1993 8 March 2014 At a recent Summer Advance Australia Fair oh the irony Posted in Rants Wine Written by Nga Waka on July 8 2013 0 Comments As well as marking the middle of Winter July is the month when the Australian government demonstrates with cold hard cash that it understands the challenges faced by small wineries in Australia and New Zealand by virtue of CER and does something about it For us that something is a 15 000 cheque representing a full rebate 2013 Vintage Report A Goldilocks Season Posted in Vintage Reports Written by Nga Waka on June 26 2013 0 Comments Growing season Oct Apr data Rainfall mm Growing Degree Days heat units I will remember 2013 as a Goldilocks season and vintage yields slightly above long term averages and weather not too hot not too cold not too wet not too dry while we had an extended dry period a look at

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  • Tastings | Nga Waka Wines
    Mosel Posted in Tastings Wine Written by Nga Waka on November 24 2014 0 Comments Last week our bottle supplier OI hosted their annual Bob Campbell MW tasting This year we were looking at Alsace and Mosel Rieslings from the 2012 vintage a low yielding generally wet year saved by better conditions in the latter part of the season Variable quality is the norm for wetter seasons with better sites and The Age of Riesling Posted in Tastings Wine Written by Nga Waka on March 17 2014 0 Comments Raymond Chan wine industry stalwart judge commentator and author of www raymondchanwinereviews co nz has his say on Nga Waka Riesling following a recent vertical tasting Raymond s overall assessment and detailed notes are re printed here with Raymond s kind permission Cheers Roger Parkinson Nga Waka Riesling Vertical Tasting 2011 1993 8 March 2014 At a recent Summer OI Chardonnay Tasting with Bob Campbell 29 July 2010 Posted in Tastings Wine Written by Nga Waka on August 6 2010 1 Comment OI hosted and Bob Campbell MW presented a 12 wine tasting of Chardonnay from Burgundy New Zealand and Australia at The French Bistro for local winegrowers in Martinborough My abbreviated notes follow The tasters were asked to select a preferred wine in each flight and the highest number of preferences decided the issue Flight One Search for Recent Posts 2015 Vintage Report small but perfectly formed Glengarry Summer of Riesling tasting February 2015 2012 Riesling Tasting Alsace and Mosel 2013 Lease Block Pinot Noir 2014 Vintage Report Perfect by the skin of our teeth Categories Rants Ripostes Ruminations Tastings Uncategorized Vintage 2013 Diary Vintage Reports Wine Archives August 2015 February 2015 November 2014 September 2014 May 2014 March 2014 July 2013 June 2013 April 2013 March 2013 August 2012

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  • The Age of Riesling | Nga Waka Wines
    with solidly packed and dense flavours the mouthfeel quite soft and open This could do with a little more drive and linearity but the openness and mouthfilling nature is very attractive Lovely developed honied creaminess melded with kerosene complexities Drinking well now and over 4 5 years 17 5 20 Flight Two 2002 1999 Cork sealed wines that showed the variability the 2001 in perfect condition whereas the 2000 and 1999 allowed some oxidation to appear These wines at their plateau and need to be drunk especially due to cork variation But the 2001 could last another decade Nga Waka Martinborough Riesling 2002 A big cool year Bright light golden straw colour This has a very refined tightly bound and beautifully presented nose with deep and piercing aromas of limes honey and toast with kerosene elements The concentration is a feature here Dry and very finely proportioned the palate still tightly bound This has textural finesse the grip providing great linearity Fine soft acidity supports the mouthfeel and the palate flows with precision to a long finish just showing a little phenolic bitterness This will keep another 5 7 years 18 5 20 Nga Waka Martinborough Riesling 2001 A warmer growing season deemed perfect for Roger and Mike Very pale straw colour still youthfully pale The nose is wonderfully delicate with subtlety and nuance Though smaller scale the proportions are very close to perfection Dry to taste and very refined Tightly bound flavours of kerosene infused lime fruits reveal nuances of honey floral perfumes minerals and toast The acidity is still bright and this has precision and focus in the delicate style Elegance freshness and the potential to go another decade A perfect cork 19 0 20 Nga Waka Martinborough Riesling 2000 Regarded as one of the best vintages for Roger and Mike at Nga Waka called the Goldilocks year where everything was not too big nor too small and it just got better A classic year Bright light straw yellow colour Very elegant and refined on nose initially with toast secondary notes unfolding to show nutty oxidation and savoury tertiary elements to the bouquet Dry soft and mellowed out on palate the mouthfeel even Somewhat dried out the fruit modest in sweetness becoming drier as it progresses along the palate line Oxidation and nutty overtones but still with residual toast and honied elements Slightly bitter with buttered toast on finish A poor cork ruining what should have been a much better wine 16 5 20 Nga Waka Martinborough Riesling 1999 A hot year not as hot or as dry as 1998 Full deep golden yellow colour The bouquet is very full soft and even with real breadth with integrated aromas of savoury wild honey toast and nuts the aromatics well into their tertiary phase The spark of life has faded and this appears a little flat on nose Dry to taste this has a tight and complex amalgam on palate The flavours of honey and toast are fully mature and interwoven This shows better on palate than nose the smoothness and seamlessness a feature The acidity is soft and there s a little dryness all leading to a savoury honied finish that fades a little A little oxidation is apparent Drink well now and indeed drink up 17 5 20 Flight Three 1998 1996 Wines that need drinking up now being somewhat past their best Issues with cork one tainted by TCA and one with oxidation The 1996 is sweeter than the rest of the wines but is not too different in character Nga Waka Martinborough Riesling 1998 The hottest growing season since the beginning Deep golden yellow showing its development This has a full soft and broad bouquet with honey and toast and definite oxidation nuttynotes Dry to taste somewhat dulled and flat with a mellow amalgam of toast nuts honey and burnished flavours of tertiary development The fruit sweetness has faded and the mouthfeel has dried out There is still some acid life Past its best now How much of this is due to the vintage and how much is due to the cork 14 5 20 Nga Waka Martinborough Riesling 1997 A similar vintage to 2005 short and hot with some rain producing tough wines seen as a lesser year Bright light golden yellow colour The bouquet is somewhat shy and restrained with delicate lime fruit toast and kerosene nuances Some cork taint is noticeable scalping the fruit and surprisingly imbuing the aromatics with a degree of class and finesse Dry to taste this is elegant finely proportioned and has some classiness to the mouthfeel The fruit is still in the youthful side with limes florals and toast The cork taint mustiness is prevalent too and the wine follows a firm bright acid line fading on the finish Looking past the cork taint I am generous with a score of 17 0 20 On a good day could this be a 5 star wine Roger sees it similar to the 1999 Nga Waka Martinborough Riesling 1996 One of the best 4 or 5 vintages experienced in Martinborough warm but not too hot The odd wine out in the line up the fermentation stopping at 20 g L RS Very full dark deep golden yellow colour This has a full bright and energetic nose with lime fruit still along with honey and cream toast and caramel This has layers of complex aromatics in the secondary spectrum along with a lift and esters vitality Medium dry to taste this is soft with the palate carried a little by the residual sugar Gentle lush and luscious with ripe citrus fruits exotic tropicals honey and toast This has a creaminess still showing good vibrancy and mild acidity to balance The palate carries smoothly to a dryish finish The flavours of cold buttered toast are evident and show the full development Drinking well now and over the next 3 5 years 18 0 20 Flight Four 1995 1993 The oldest and

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  • Advance Australia Fair: oh the irony! | Nga Waka Wines
    community on employment better wages and re investment for future growth Instead that money disappears into a black hole in Wellington and its loss to us makes the sustainability of an inherently risky business weather frost etc that much more difficult So the Australian government helps us and our own government hammers us oh the irony Roger Parkinson July 2013 Share Tweet Related Posts 2015 Vintage Report small but perfectly formed August 25 2015 Comments Off Growing season Oct Apr data Rainfall mm table Season 14 15 13 14 12 13 11 12 10 11 09 10 08 09 07 08 06 07 05 06 October 35 105 69 110 40 63 70 88 126 67 November 55 67 33 87 29 53 11 28 61 18 December 29 36 82 113 25 49 91 74 60 41 January 3 48 43 76 76 114 7 16 31 24 February 36 23 69 36 11 17 121 29 10 37 March 41 71 95 111 85 45 35 39 44 67 April 84 172 35 70 103 7 37 98 43 61 Totals 283 522 426 603 369 348 372 372 375 315 table Growing Degree Days heat units table Season 14 15 13 14 12 13 11 12 10 11 09 10 08 09 07 08 06 07 05 06 October 75 100 75 85 63 86 102 112 113 113 November 117 152 88 120 166 146 186 176 181 156 December 190 225 232 189 268 220 247 241 169 280 January 255 191 230 210 262 266 290 324 274 290 February 187 204 186 165 254 264 244 255 223 234 March 199 145 175 140 180 215 163 233 260 171 April 125 123 119 79 67 141 100 127 108 151 Totals 1148

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  • Rants | Nga Waka Wines
    Comments Well the government confirmed the addition of another 3c a litre to its multi million dollar program of stealing money from wineries and rural communities aka Excise To put that in perspective we are a very small winery and in our 20 odd years of operation we have now paid over a million dollars in excise If we We re all in this together yeah right Posted in Rants Wine Written by Nga Waka on November 3 2010 2 Comments My alternative title for this blog was something along the lines of why promoting domestic consumption of New Zealand wine will be vital for price recovery and why industry politics will ensure it doesn t happen very catchy not and hence the Tui rip off The big unanswered question for the wine industry is whether domestic Search for Recent Posts 2015 Vintage Report small but perfectly formed Glengarry Summer of Riesling tasting February 2015 2012 Riesling Tasting Alsace and Mosel 2013 Lease Block Pinot Noir 2014 Vintage Report Perfect by the skin of our teeth Categories Rants Ripostes Ruminations Tastings Uncategorized Vintage 2013 Diary Vintage Reports Wine Archives August 2015 February 2015 November 2014 September 2014 May 2014 March

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  • 2013 Vintage Report: A Goldilocks Season | Nga Waka Wines
    challenge the wines of 2013 practically made themselves with the condition sugar acid balance and flavours of the grapes near to perfect 2010 is still for me the outstanding vintage of recent memory but 2013 is likely to give it a run for that title Time as always will tell Here are the average harvest parameters for each variety Variety Brix pH Acidity g l Yield t ha Chardonnay 23 3 35 6 5 8 5 Pinot Noir 24 5 3 6 7 5 8 Riesling 21 5 3 09 8 2 7 5 S Blanc 22 3 2 7 5 9 3 Roger Parkinson June 2013 Share Tweet Related Posts 2015 Vintage Report small but perfectly formed August 25 2015 Comments Off Growing season Oct Apr data Rainfall mm table Season 14 15 13 14 12 13 11 12 10 11 09 10 08 09 07 08 06 07 05 06 October 35 105 69 110 40 63 70 88 126 67 November 55 67 33 87 29 53 11 28 61 18 December 29 36 82 113 25 49 91 74 60 41 January 3 48 43 76 76 114 7 16 31 24 February 36 23 69 36 11 17 121 29 10 37 March 41 71 95 111 85 45 35 39 44 67 April 84 172 35 70 103 7 37 98 43 61 Totals 283 522 426 603 369 348 372 372 375 315 table Growing Degree Days heat units table Season 14 15 13 14 12 13 11 12 10 11 09 10 08 09 07 08 06 07 05 06 October 75 100 75 85 63 86 102 112 113 113 November 117 152 88 120 166 146 186 176 181 156 December 190 225 232 189 268 220 247 241 169 280 January 255 191 230 210 262 266 290 324 274 290 February 187 204 186 165 254 264 244 255 223 234 March 199 145 175 140 180 215 163 233 260 171 April 125 123 119 79 67 141 100 127 108 151 Totals 1148 1140 1105 988 1259 1338 1332 1396 1328 1395 table There s always a danger with catch phrases like small but perfectly formed 2014 Vintage Report Perfect by the skin of our teeth May 22 2014 Comments Off Growing season Oct Apr data Rainfall mm table Season 13 14 12 13 11 12 10 11 09 10 08 09 07 08 06 07 05 06 October 105 69 110 40 63 70 88 126 67 November 67 33 87 29 53 11 28 61 18 December 36 82 113 25 49 91 74 60 41 January 48 43 76 76 114 7 16 31 24 February 23 69 36 11 17 121 29 10 37 March 71 95 111 85 45 35 39 44 67 April 172 35 70 103 7 37 98 43 61 Totals 522 426 603 369 348 372 372 375 315 table Growing Degree Days heat units table Season

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  • Excise = state sanctioned theft | Nga Waka Wines
    mm table Season 14 15 13 14 12 13 11 12 10 11 09 10 08 09 07 08 06 07 05 06 October 35 105 69 110 40 63 70 88 126 67 November 55 67 33 87 29 53 11 28 61 18 December 29 36 82 113 25 49 91 74 60 41 January 3 48 43 76 76 114 7 16 31 24 February 36 23 69 36 11 17 121 29 10 37 March 41 71 95 111 85 45 35 39 44 67 April 84 172 35 70 103 7 37 98 43 61 Totals 283 522 426 603 369 348 372 372 375 315 table Growing Degree Days heat units table Season 14 15 13 14 12 13 11 12 10 11 09 10 08 09 07 08 06 07 05 06 October 75 100 75 85 63 86 102 112 113 113 November 117 152 88 120 166 146 186 176 181 156 December 190 225 232 189 268 220 247 241 169 280 January 255 191 230 210 262 266 290 324 274 290 February 187 204 186 165 254 264 244 255 223 234 March 199 145 175 140 180 215 163 233 260 171 April 125 123 119 79 67 141 100 127 108 151 Totals 1148 1140 1105 988 1259 1338 1332 1396 1328 1395 table There s always a danger with catch phrases like small but perfectly formed Glengarry Summer of Riesling tasting February 2015 February 17 2015 Comments Off Here s what had Raymond Chan has to say about our 2011 Riesling after a tasting hosted by Riesling nut that s 2012 Riesling Tasting Alsace and Mosel November 24 2014 Comments Off Last week our bottle supplier OI hosted their annual Bob Campbell MW tasting This

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  • Part 3 – Where did that fortnight go? | Nga Waka Wines
    have only Home Block Chardonnay and a bit of Pinot to come in by the end of that week Yields have been slightly above average and more importantly the quality is spot on Flavours have reached optimum at lower sugar levels this year which will mean moderate alcohol levels all to the good when your doctor asks how much you are drinking I don t think we re at the stage where definitive judgement can be passed on the vintage but based on what I ve seen in the winery so far it s not too premature to say that we re looking at a very good year and lovely wines across all our varieties Time to check on the press more later Cheers Roger Parkinson Share Tweet Related Posts Part 2 22 3 13 not so fast sunshine March 22 2013 Comments Off I might have been a bit optimistic about harvest starting next week Today s testing results as follows table Variety Pinot Noir Chardonnay Brix 21 22 20 21 table It looks as Part 1 20 3 13 a week out from picking March 19 2013 Comments Off First round of grape testing last week had sugars in the following range table Variety Pinot Noir Chardonnay Sauvignon Blanc Riesling Brix 20 21 19 20 16 18 17 table Based on those numbers we were Comments are closed Search for Recent Posts 2015 Vintage Report small but perfectly formed Glengarry Summer of Riesling tasting February 2015 2012 Riesling Tasting Alsace and Mosel 2013 Lease Block Pinot Noir 2014 Vintage Report Perfect by the skin of our teeth Categories Rants Ripostes Ruminations Tastings Uncategorized Vintage 2013 Diary Vintage Reports Wine Archives August 2015 February 2015 November 2014 September 2014 May 2014 March 2014 July 2013 June 2013 April 2013

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