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2015 Pinot Noir


Appearance: Deep garnet red.
Tasting notes:
Mouthfilling and supple, it has concentrated, ripe plum, cherry, perfumes and spice flavours, with finely integrated oak adding complexity, and obvious cellaring potential; open 2018+
Technical Analysis
Location:
Estate grown grapes from Aurum’s organic Te Wairere vineyard in Lowburn, near Cromwell, Central Otago. Low cropping grapes for this wine were hand harvested in April 2015 after long slow ripening.
Climate: A season of hot dry days and cool nights allowed an extended ripening of ripe clean fruit still holding good acidity.
Soils:
Windblown sands and silts.
Viticulture: 16 year old vines on VSP trellis.
Winemaker’s comments
The grapes were mostly destemmed, cold soaked for 5 days and fermented in open vats with wild yeasts. The wine was matured in French oak barrels for 12 months. Unfined and unfiltered.
Alcohol:
14%
Bottled: July 2016


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2015 Pinot Gris


Appearance: Crystal clear – very pale lemon
Bouquet:
Intense perfume of honeysuckle, quince, mandarin peel and melon.
Palate:
This wine is supple and ripe with intense pear, quince and mandarin flavours. The fruit and spice notes are underlined by a rich and creamy mouth feel with a good acidity providing a mineral backbone and a long lingering aftertaste to this off-dry style wine.
Technical Analysis
Location:
45 degrees South
Low cropping estate grown grapes for this wine were hand harvested in April from Aurum’s Te Wairere vineyard in the Lowburn area of Central Otago.
Climate:
A long warm autumn with hot dry days and cool nights allowed an extended ripening of fruit still holding good acidity.
Soils: Fluvial, glacial silts and gravels.
Vine age: 15 year old vines
Trellis Style:
VSP Vertical Shoot Positioning
Winemakers comments
The grapes were whole bunch pressed to minimise extraction of skin phenolics and cool fermented in stainless steel tanks with extensive lees stirring to increase the mouthfeel.
Alcohol: 13.5%
Residual sugar: 4.6 g/L


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2014 Mathilde



Appearance:
Clear ruby red.
Bouquet: Complex smoky, cedar wood, ripe plum and dried herbs.
Palate:
Raspberry and black currant flavours with savoury and earthy tones. This wine has a solid mid-palate and lingering chocolate finish. An elegant wine, well balanced with fine tannins and good acidity.
Technical Analysis
Location:
45 degrees South
Low cropping estate grown grapes for this wine were hand harvested in April 2014 from Aurum’s Te Wairere vineyard in the Lowburn area of Central Otago, New Zealand.
Climate:
2014 was a long cool season with extended hang time for the fruit which reached optimum ripeness.
Soils:
Wind-blown sands and silts.
Vine age:
15 year old vines
Trellis Style:
VSP (Vertical shoot positioning)
Winemaker’s comments
Grapes for this Reserve Pinot Noir were selected by the winemakers and fermented in open top fermenters, hand plunged and with wild yeasts. The wine was matured for 12 months in French oak barrels with 20% new oak.
Will reward by cellaring 4-8 years.

Mathilde is the name of the first born daughter of our winemakers, Brook and Lucie Lawrence.

Bottled :
June 2015
Alcohol : 13 %
Closure:
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2015 Riesling



Appearance:
Crystal clear, pale lemon.
Palate: Wow! Lime alert! This southern star smashes through the palate with green apple and quartz-powder, mineral-driven mouthfeel that lingers long and will send your saliva glands into overload. The citrus intensity is one thing, but the honeysuckle and hints of biscuit really add to the complexity of this wine in the mouth. It's a clean, zingy wine which zips into action immediately. This is the sort of wine that’ll be perfection with classic, sweet and sour pork with pineapple chunks. 4.5stars Yvonne Lorkin
Technical Analysis
Location:
45 degrees South
Grapes for this wine were hand harvested in late April from the Cromwell basin area of Central Otago.
Climate: A long warm autumn with hot dry days and cool nights allowed an extended ripening of fine clean fruit still holding good acidity.
Soils:
Fluvial, glacial silts and gravels.
Vine age: 20 year old vines
Trellis Style: VSP
Winemaker’s comments: The grapes were whole bunch pressed to minimise extraction of skin phenolics and cool fermented in stainless steel tanks. The ferment was stopped to maintain a small residual sugar level to balance the acidity.
Bottled: 20th August 2015
Alcohol:
13%
Acidity: 8 g/L
Residual sugar:
8.3 g/L
Closure:
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2014 Chardonnay


Appearance: Pale straw with bright clarity.
Bouquet: A beautiful bouquet of ripe white peaches with notes of grapefruit together with toasty, nutty well integrated oak.
Palate:
Full bodied fruit driven wine with a rich creamy mouthfeel.
Technical Analysis
Location:
45 Degrees South
Low cropping grapes for this wine were hand harvested from the Bannockburn area of Central Otago.
Climate: A season of hot dry days and cool nights allowed an extended ripening of very ripe clean fruit still holding good acidity.
Soils:
Fluvial, glacial silts and gravels.
Vine age: 15 year old vines
Trellis Style:
VSP with cane pruned vines.
Winemakers comments:
Grapes were whole bunch pressed, and fermented in French oak barrels (20% new oak) with wild yeasts. The wine went through malolactic fermentation over the winter.
Bottled : July 2015
Alcohol : 13 %


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2015 Pinot Gris Rosé


Appearance: Delicate pink color
Tasting Notes: This wine is mouthwatering, vivacious and captures the fragrances of strawberry and cream.
Technical Analysis
Location: 45 Degrees South
Low cropping estate grown grapes for this wine were hand harvested in April from Aurum’s Te Wairere vineyard in the Lowburn area of Central Otago.
Climate: A long warm autumn with hot dry days and cool nights allowed an extended ripening of fruit still holding good acidity.
Soils: Fluvial, glacial silts and gravels.
Vine age: 11 - 15 year old vines
Trellis Style: VSP
Winemakers comments: Macerated to extract the delicate color of the Pinot Gris skins and vinified in stainless steel at low temperature. Perfect as an aperitif or with a light lunch.
Residual Sugar: 2 g/.L
Alcohol:
13.5% alc by vol


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2015 Amber Wine


Appearance: Clear amber/orange colour.
Bouquet: Spiced honey, dried nectarines and pears.
Palate: Bone dry, rippled with minerality and tannins. This wine is at the cross roads of a red wine for its tannins and texture, a cool climate white wine for its intense minerality and a barrel fermented white wine for its charming oxidative notes.
Technical Analysis
Location: 45 Degrees South
Low cropping estate grown grapes for this wine were hand harvested in April from Aurum’s Te Wairere vineyard in the Lowburn area of Central Otago.
Climate: A long warm autumn with hot dry days and cool nights allowed an extended ripening of fruit still holding good acidity.
Soils: Fluvial, glacial silts and gravels.
Vine age: 10 - 15 year old vines
Trellis Style: VSP
Winemakers comments: This wine is made using ancient techniques. The grapes underwent fermentation with their skins. After extensive post maceration, the wine was drained through muslin cloth and aged in oak barrels for 12 months. The wine was then hand bottled, unfined and unfiltered.
Alcohol: 13% alc by vol


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2011 Rosé Vintage - Methode Traditionelle


Appearance: Delicate peach color.
Bouquet: A fresh and refined sensation, with notes of fresh pomegranate and pink grapefruit.
Palate: Round, supple and harmonious, this wine develops a silky long finish in the mouth. Fine light bubbles, lively and pure.
Technical Analysis
Location: 45 Degrees South
Grapes for this wine were grown on Aurum’s Te Wairere vineyard in Lowburn, Cromwell, Central Otago.
Soils: Fluvial, glacial silts and gravels.
Vine age: 12 year old vines
Trellis Style: VSP
Winemakers comments: The wine was aged on lees for 3 years before disgorgement to develop complex flavours that interpret the unique character of the season.
Food Matching: Perfect as an aperitif but also with lunch or with desserts.
Residual Sugar: 5 g/.L
Alcohol: 12.5 % alc by vol


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2013 Madeleine



Appearance:
Bright, deep garnet.
Bouquet: Perfumed bouquet of floral notes and dried herbs with both red and black fruits.
Palate: The structure is detailed and layered. This wine shows transparency and remains delicate despite its concentration.
Technical Analysis
Location:
45 degrees South
Low cropping estate grown grapes for this wine were hand harvested in April 2013 from Te Wairere vineyard in Lowburn, Central Otago.
Climate: 2013 was cool with a very long ripening period and fruit reached optimum ripeness.
Soils: Glacial/fluvial gravel and silts.
Vine age:
14 year old vines
Trellis Style: VSP (Vertical shoot positioning)
Winemaker’s comments:
This Reserve Pinot Noir was processed by foot trampling 100% whole bunch grapes in open fermenter with wild yeasts and aged in French oak barrels for 12 months.
Will reward by cellaring 8-10 years.

Madeleine is the name of the second born daughter of our winemakers, Brook and Lucie Lawrence.

Alcohol :
13.5%
Acidity:
5.4 g/l
Closure:
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2008 Blanc de Blanc Vintage


Appearance: Clear pale straw.
Bouquet:Expressing the finesse, purity and elegance of Chardonnay, this wine combines the scent of white flowers with the aromas of dried fruits.
Palate: The palate is creamy and textural, driven by a precise acidity with a fresh, supple roundness with hints of grapefruit, nectarine and nuts. Fine light bubbles, dry, lively and pure.
Technical Analysis
Location: 45 Degrees South
Chardonnay grapes for this wine were grown on our estate in Lowburn, Cromwell, Central Otago.
Soils: Fluvial, glacial silts and gravels.
Vine age: 12 year old vines
Trellis Style: VSP
Winemakers comments: The wine was aged on lees for 6 years before disgorgement to develop complex flavours that interpret the unique character of the season.
Food Matching: Perfect as an aperitif but also with cheeses or with desserts.
Residual Sugar: 0 g/.L
Alcohol: 13 % alc by vol


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Blanc de Blancs


Appearance: Clear pale straw with fine light bubbles.
Bouquet: Hints of elderflower and citrus and peach.
Palate: Fresh and pure, this dry (Brut) wine develops a fresh and supple roundness with purity and elegance, and hints of grapefruit and nectarines.
Technical Analysis
Location: 45 Degrees South
White grapes for this wine were grown at Aurum’s Te Wairere Vineyard in Lowburn, Cromwell Valley, Central Otago.
Soils: Fluvial, glacial silts and gravels.
Vine age: 12 year old vines
Trellis Style: VSP
Winemakers comments: The wine was aged on lees for 12 months before disgorgement to develop yeasty flavours.
Food Matching: Perfect as an aperitif but also with cheeses or with desserts.
Residual Sugar: 2 g/.L
Alcohol: 13 % alc by vol


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Port Molyneux


Bouquet and Palate: An intense peach and apricot kernel nose. Elegant fortified dessert wine with hints of peach, citrus and dried fruit with a smooth finish.

Winemaker’s comments: Late harvest Pinot Gris was fermented in stainless steel until the right amount of sugar remained and fortified (mutage) with alcohol distilled from our Pinot Noir lees and further blended to create its complex harmonious balance.

Food Matching: Perfect as an aperitif but this wine also matches with nuts, cheeses or with desserts. Lovely served over ice as a pre dinner drink.

Alcohol: 16%
Residual sugar: 95 g/L

Port Molyneux is named for the old sailing ship port where the Clutha River (formerly the Molyneux River which flows past Aurum’s vineyard) meets the Pacific Ocean. The port was a busy drop off point for supplies and miners travelling to the gold rush in Central Otago in the 1860s. After the huge floods of 1878 the mouth of the river changed forever and Port Molyneux was abandoned.