WAIMARAMA

WAIMARAMA
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Concept

A unique wine made by the hands
of people who live in New Zealand’s nature.
The word Waimarama means “moonlight on the water”
in the native Maori language of New Zealand.
The Waimarama area is located in the blessed lands of Hawke’s Bay
in the North Island of New Zealand,
where the vineyards look over the grand Tukituki River.
Chateau Waimarama is a unique wine made locally in this place where
the moonlight dances on the water in New Zealand’s natural environment.
History
1988 The vineyard was developed with a vision of making great wines that can match the wines of Bordeaux. The estate has been highly rated ever since the first vintage.1998 The vineyard was completely redesigned by improving the soil and replanting all the vines. This has enabled production of wines with better balance, power, finesse and elegance.2012 The passion of the viticulture team and the winemaker resulted in a gold medal at the NZ international wine show for our 2009 vintage.2015 To advertise the rarity and value of our wine, Chateau Waimarama rebranded its bottle labels.1988 The vineyard was developed with a vision of making great wines that can match the wines of Bordeaux. The estate has been highly rated ever since the first vintage.1998 The vineyard was completely redesigned by improving the soil and replanting all the vines. This has enabled production of wines with better balance, power, finesse and elegance.2012 The passion of the viticulture team and the winemaker resulted in a gold medal at the NZ international wine show for our 2009 vintage.2015 To advertise the rarity and value of our wine, Chateau Waimarama rebranded its bottle labels.
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Terroir

  • Terroir
    Protected from the southerly winds by the Te Mata Peak and the surrounding foothills, Waimarama is situated in a dense sandstone pan with a rich top soil environment. The resulting soil and climate of this naturally blessed province of Hawke’s Bay create this aromatic and elegant wine.
  • Size
    The vineyard covers 4ha, and the small team brings out the best grapes. All the trimming and picking is done by hand.This careful approach to viticulture is based on the belief that “great wines start from the vineyard”.
  • Sustainability
    We aim to pass on Hawke’s Bay’s soil, water, and air to the next generation by enhancing their value. Waimarama’s policy is to “keep the nature and protect the land.”Waimarama earned a reputation as one of the first wineries to introduce sustainable viticulture in 2002.

Winemakers

  • Managing Director
    Chase Arquette
    Chase has been taking care of our winery since 1998. He manages the winery and also supervises the vineyard work. Chase puts a lot of effort into making good wines. He cherishes the terroir and was one of the first to introduce sustainable viticulture to New Zealand back in 2002.
    Interview vol.01
  • Winemaker
    Ludwig Vanneron
    Ludwig graduated from Bordeaux University in 1998 and started his winemaking career working under Michel Rolland. He went on to become the technical manager of a well-known Chateau in Bergerac and started his own business in 2011. He is now a consultant for grape-growing and winemaking.
    Interview vol.02
    Interview vol.03
    Interview vol.04
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Our Wine

  • MINAGAWA
    MINAGAWA Reserve Selection 2009MINAGAWA Reserve Selection 2009
    Mellow and elegant, with a complex and delicate aroma
    Deep and dark ruby color. Framboise and apricot aroma with a hint of a dark chocolate.
    Also, impression of roast nuts aroma from a French oak.
    The taste is smooth and warm.
    • SWEET DRY
    • LIGHT BODIEDLIGHT BODIED FULL BODIEDFULL BODIED
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  • EMIGAO
    EMIGAO Cabernet Sauvignon 2009EMIGAO Cabernet Sauvignon 2009
    A concentration of a ripe fruit, powerful yet smooth taste.
    Deep garnet color. Concentrated fruits flavor like a blackberry and a cassis,
    with a hint of vanilla from a new French oak.
    Very smooth taste with beautiful tannins.
    • SWEET DRY
    • LIGHT BODIEDLIGHT BODIED FULL BODIEDFULL BODIED
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  • CAGIRINA
    CAGIRINA Merlot 2009CAGIRINA Merlot 2009
    Gentle and supple wine with comfortable tannins
    Deep ruby color. Sweet and mild aroma of blueberry and
    violet with a hint of cinnamon spice.
    The texture is well-balanced with beautiful acidity and fine tannins.
    The wine is smooth and supple, also has depth on the plate.
    • SWEET DRY
    • LIGHT BODIEDLIGHT BODIED FULL BODIEDFULL BODIED
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  • KIRARAKA
    KIRARAKA Syrah 2009KIRARAKA Syrah 2009
    Elegant wine with beautiful aging.
    Deep ruby color. Richness of fruits flavor like a cassis and a blackberry.
    Also, with a hint of spices and leathers.
    This is a well-balanced wine with elegance.
    • SWEET DRY
    • LIGHT BODIEDLIGHT BODIED FULL BODIEDFULL BODIED
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