Awaroa wines get top marks in Winestate


Waiheke organic vineyard Awaroa has received top ratings for all six of its wines in prestigious Australian wine magazine Winestate.
All the wines were either awarded five, four and a half or four gold stars from a possible five.
Made by winemaker Steve Poletti, with help in 2014 from assistant winemaker Danu Sautot-Fyr, the wines are grown and produced on land owned collectively in the Awaawaroa Valley, at the island’s southeastern end.
Given a five-star review, the Awaroa Melba Peach Waiheke Island Syrah 2014 is described as “dark and dense… this powerful red is still very youthful.  Matured for a year in French oak barriques (50% new), it has highly concentrated, ripe plum and black pepper flavours, woven with fresh acidity, and a tightly structured, long, spicy finish”.
It recommends a best drinking time as 2020 onwards, with the wine retailing for $65.
The other wine to get full marks is the
 Awaroa Requiem Waiheke Island Cabernet/Merlot/Malbec 2014.
“Fragrant, dark and youthful, this classy blend of cabernet sauvignon (70%), merlot (20%) and malbec (10%) was matured in French oak barriques (50% new).  Instantly appealing, it is sweet-fruited, with deep, ripe flavours of blackcurrants, plums, spices and dried herbs, fine-grained tannins, and a lasting finish.  Drink now or cellar.” This wine also sells for $65.
The other Awaroa wines featured in the May/June issue of Winestate are the Awaroa The Dan Syrah/Cabernet/Malbec 2014, the Awaroa Waiheke Island Syrah 2014, the Waiheke Road Waiheke Island Reserve Chardonnay 2014 and the Waiheke Road Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc 2014.
Assistant winemaker Danu Sautot-Fyr says the whole team at Awaroa is very excited by this recognition of their organically-managed wines. • Julianne Evans

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