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CPR is Chardonnay, Pinot Gris and Riesling harvested from our home vineyard and blended together to create this special aromatic wine with taste sensations of limes, peaches and pears. This wine shows balance, structure and intensity reflecting the integration of the three varieties.
2019 was one of our easier harvests due to having no rain over the days of harvest and the ability to pick the grapes at full maturity. Higher rainfall in October, November and December produced good canopies with a following warm dry February, March and April allowing the grapes to ripen slowly with great flavours and aromatics.
The vineyard has been planted progressively; the Chardonnay and Pinot Gris and Riesling vines are now ages between 9 to17 years old and are a mix of clones. The younger vines are on lighter soils and tend to give us very tropical aromas and softer acidity, whilst the older plantings give us good palate length, structure, and fruit sweetness.
The harvested fruit was picked at three different times and gently pressed over an extended period to allow slight skin contact. Settled and inoculated in tank with a variety of yeasts for a long slow cool fermentation to retain vibrant aromas. The wine was stirred and blended after 5 months on lees.
Established in 1996, proudly family owned and managed, Borthwick Vineyard produces wines that are a direct reflection of the Gladstone region, New Zealand. Ancient stony, alluvial soils, a cool climate, sustainable practices and minimal intervention in the vineyard and winery, mean our wines display distinctive single vineyard characteristics.