THE plains

Waimea means ‘river gardens’ in Maori – with stony soils of alluvial origin, high sunshine hours and a moderating maritime influence, the Waimea Plains provide a great terroir. The aromatic whites are vibrant wines, with a flinty backbone acting as a counterpoint to the overt fruit flavours, while the Chardonnay here is richly expressive with fine acid structure. The Pinot Noir is perfumed with plum and cherry characters on the nose and the ripeness carrying through to the supple tannins on the palate.