Grape(s): Pinot Gris
Localization: Awatere Valley, Marlborough, New Zealand
Tasting notes: This wine has attractive aromatics of jasmine, poached pear, vanilla and spice. The palate displays nashi pear, green nectarine, and ripe citrus, with some lingering aniseed and spice. The purity of the fruit combined with the weight and texture of the barrel components resulted in a balanced wine with low residual sugar.
The Domain: Founder and owner of te Pā, Haysley MacDonald traces his ancestry back to the early Māori settlers who landed on Wairau Bar 800 years ago. He whakapapas to ancestors who have worked this land for generations.
That spirit of discovery and independence lives on today. In 2003 Haysley and his family started a new adventure, converting their dairy and crop farm into vineyards, and in 2011 te Pā was born.
Haysley, his parents Phillip and Christine, his partner Julie and their five tamariki (children) are as connected to this land as their ancestors were, with the same commitments – respect for the land, keeping simple things in balance and being proudly independent.
It’s a founding heritage that lives on through our wines and is now being shared around the world. The adventure never ends.