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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.
The growing season for the 2020 vintage saw little to no rainfall in November and December 2019. This produced slightly shorter canopy heights but provided ideal conditions for fruit set. The low rainfall continued for the remainder of the season into late March, leading to earlier flavour development in the grapes and no disease pressure. Grapes were picked between March 18th and April the 8th 2020. All fruit harvested was ripe, overall a quality vintage.
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.