Library Tasting Notes

2013 Mathilde

Appearance: Clear ruby red.
Bouquet: Complex smoky, cedar wood, ripe plum and dried herbs.
Palate: FBrambly flavours with savoury and earthy tones. This wine has a solid mid-palate and lingering silky finish. An elegant wine, well balanced with fine tannins and good acidity.
Technical Analysis
Location: 45 degrees South
Low cropping estate grown grapes for this wine were hand harvested in April 2013 from Aurum’s Te Wairere vineyard in the Lowburn area of Central Otago, New Zealand.
Climate: 2013 was a long cool season with extended hang time for the fruit which reached optimum ripeness.
Soils: Wind-blown sands and silts.
Vine age: 14 year old vines
Trellis Style: VSP (Vertical shoot positioning)
Winemakers comments
Grapes for this Reserve Pinot Noir were selected by the winemakers and fermented in open top fermenters, hand plunged and with wild yeasts. The wine was matured for 12 months in French oak barrels with 20% new oak. Will reward by cellaring 4-8 years.

Mathilde is the name of the first born daughter of our winemakers, Brook and Lucie Lawrence.
Alcohol: 13.5%
Bottled: June 2014

2014 Riesling

Appearance: Crystal clear – pale lemon
Bouquet: Intense perfume of honeysuckle, quince, mandarin peel and melon.
Palate: Freshly scented, lively and tangy, this medium-bodied wine has intense lemon/lime flavours, a minerally streak and a finely poised, dryish, very long finish. Full of personality and potential.
Technical Analysis
Location: 45 degrees South
Grapes for this wine were hand harvested in late April from the Cromwell basin area of Central Otago.
Climate: A long warm autumn with hot dry days and cool nights allowed an extended ripening of fruit still holding good acidity.
Soils: Fluvial, glacial silts and gravels.
Vine age: 20 year old vines
Trellis Style: VSP
Winemakers comments
The grapes were whole bunch pressed to minimise extraction of skin phenolics and cool fermented in stainless steel tanks. The ferment was stopped to maintain a small residual sugar level to balance the acidity.
Alcohol: 12.5%
Residual sugar: 7.8g/L

2014 Pinot Gris

Appearance: Crystal clear – very pale lemon
Bouquet: Intense perfume of honeysuckle, quince, mandarin peel and melon.
Palate: This wine is supple and ripe with intense pear, quince and mandarin flavours. The fruit and spice notes are underlined by a rich and creamy mouth feel with a good acidity providing a mineral backbone and a long lingering aftertaste to this off-dry style wine.
Technical Analysis
Location: 45 degrees South
Low cropping estate grown grapes for this wine were hand harvested in April from Aurum’s Te Wairere vineyard in the Lowburn area of Central Otago.
Climate: A long warm autumn with hot dry days and cool nights allowed an extended ripening of fruit still holding good acidity.
Soils: Fluvial, glacial silts and gravels.
Vine age: 10 –14 year old vines
Trellis Style: VSP Vertical Shoot Positioning
Winemakers comments
The grapes were whole bunch pressed to minimise extraction of skin phenolics and cool fermented in stainless steel tanks with extensive lees stirring to increase the mouthfeel.
Alcohol: 13.5%
Residual sugar: 7.5g/L

2015 Pinot Gris Rosé

Appearance: Delicate pink color
Tasting Notes: This wine is mouthwatering, vivacious and captures the fragrances of strawberry and cream.
Technical Analysis
Location: 45 Degrees South
Low cropping estate grown grapes for this wine were hand harvested in April from Aurum’s Te Wairere vineyard in the Lowburn area of Central Otago.
Climate: A long warm autumn with hot dry days and cool nights allowed an extended ripening of fruit still holding good acidity.
Soils: Fluvial, glacial silts and gravels.
Vine age: 11 – 15 year old vines
Trellis Style: VSP
Winemakers comments: Macerated to extract the delicate color of the Pinot Gris skins and vinified in stainless steel at low temperature. Perfect as an aperitif or with a light lunch.
Residual Sugar: 2 g/.L
Alcohol: 13.5% alc by vol

2014 Pinot Noir

Appearance: Deep garnet red.
Tasting notes: Mouthfilling and supple, it has concentrated, ripe plum, cherry and spice flavours, with finely integrated oak adding complexity, and obvious cellaring potential; open 2017+
Technical Analysis
Location: Estate grown grapes from Aurum’s organic Te Wairere vineyard in Lowburn, near Cromwell, Central Otago. Low cropping grapes for this wine were hand harvested in April 2014 after long slow ripening.
Climate: A season of hot dry days and cool nights allowed an extended ripening of ripe clean fruit still holding good acidity.
Soils: Windblown sands and silts.
Viticulture: 15 year old vines on VSP trellis, cane pruned.
Winemaker’s comments: The grapes were mostly destemmed with the use of 10% whole bunch, cold soaked for 5 days and fermented in open vats with wild yeasts. The wine was matured in French oak barrels for 12 months. Unfined and unfiltered.

2013 Pinot Gris

Appearance: Crystal clear – very pale lemon
Bouquet: Intense perfume of honeysuckle, quince, mandarin peel and melon.
Palate: This wine is supple and ripe with intense pear, quince and mandarin flavours. The fruit and spice notes are underlined by a rich and creamy mouth feel with a good acidity providing a mineral backbone and a long lingering aftertaste to this off-dry style wine.
Technical Analysis
Location: 45 degrees South
Low cropping estate grown grapes for this wine were hand harvested in April from Aurum’s Te Wairere vineyard in the Lowburn area of Central Otago.
Climate: A long warm autumn with hot dry days and cool nights allowed an extended ripening of fruit still holding good acidity.
Soils: Fluvial, glacial silts and gravels.
Vine age: 9 –13 year old vines
Trellis Style: VSP
Winemakers comments: The grapes were whole bunch pressed to minimise extraction of skin phenolics and cool fermented in stainless steel tanks with extensive lees stirring to increase the mouthfeel.
Alcohol: 14%
Residual sugar: 7g/L

2012 Mathilde Pinot Noir

Appearance: Clear ruby red.
Bouquet: Complex smoky, cedar wood, ripe plum and dried herbs.
Palate: Raspberry and black currant flavours with savoury and earthy tones. This wine has a solid mid-palate and lingering chocolate finish. An elegant wine, well balanced with fine tannins and good acidity.
Technical Analysis
Location: 45 degrees South
Low cropping estate grown grapes for this wine were hand harvested in April 2012 from Aurum’s Te Wairere vineyard in the Lowburn area of Central Otago, New Zealand.
Climate: 2012 was a long cool season with extended hang time for the fruit which reached optimum ripeness.
Soils: Wind blown sands and silts.
Vine age: 12 year old vines
Trellis Style: VSP (Vertical shoot positioning)
Winemaker’s comments: Grapes for this Reserve Pinot Noir were selected by the winemakers and fermented in open top fermenters, hand plunged and with wild yeasts. The wine was matured for 18 months in French oak barrels with 25% new oak.
Will reward by cellaring 4-8 years.

Mathilde is the name of the first born daughter of our winemakers, Brook and Lucie Lawrence.

Bottled: Oct 2013
Alcohol: 13 %
Closure: Screwcap

2013 Pinot Noir

Appearance: Deep garnet red.
Taste: Powerful, mouthfilling and firm, with loads of plumy, spicy flavour seasoned with nutty oak, this wine is savoury with hints of herbs and dark chocolate. Drinking well now but with good aging potential.
Technical Analysis
Location: Estate grown grapes from Aurum’s organic Te Wairere vineyard in Lowburn, near Cromwell, Central Otago. Low cropping grapes for this wine were hand harvested in April 2013 after long slow ripening.
Climate: A season of hot dry days and cool nights allowed an extended ripening of ripe clean fruit still holding good acidity.
Soils: Windblown sands and silts.
Viticulture: 10 – 14 year old vines on VSP trellis, cane pruned.
Winemaker’s comments: The grapes were mostly destemmed with the use of 10% whole bunch, cold soaked for 5 days and fermented in open vats. The wine was matured in French oak barrels for 12 months. Unfined.

Alcohol: 14%
Bottled: 29 April 2014

2010 Riesling

Appearance: Crystal clear, pale lemon.
Bouquet: Fragrant, lemony, limey and toasty bouquet.
Palate: A dry style wine with very concentrated citrus and stone fruit notes with an underlying complexity of spices. Backbone of minerality, highly structured with a long lingering aftertaste.
Technical Analysis
Location: 45 degrees South
Low cropping estate grown grapes for this wine were hand harvested in late April from Aurum’s 45th Parallel in the Lowburn area of Central Otago.
Climate: A long warm autumn with hot dry days and cool nights allowed an extended ripening of fine clean fruit still holding good acidity.
Soils: Fluvial, glacial silts and gravels.
Vine age: 13 year old vines
Trellis Style: VSP
Winemaker’s comments
The grapes were whole bunch pressed to minimise extraction of skin phenolics and cool fermented in stainless steel tanks. The ferment was stopped to maintain a small residual sugar level to balance the acidity.
Bottled: 15 September 2010
Alcohol: 13%
Acidity: 8 g/L
Residual sugar: 9.6 g/L
Closure: Screwcap

2014 Rosé

Appearance: Delicate pink color
Tasting notes: This wine is mouthwatering, vivacious and captures the fragrances of strawberry and cream.
Technical Analysis
Location: 45 degrees South
Low cropping estate grown grapes for this wine were hand harvested in April from Aurum’s Te Wairere vineyard in the Lowburn area of Central Otago.
Climate: A long warm autumn with hot dry days and cool nights allowed an extended ripening of fruit still holding good acidity.
Soils: Fluvial, glacial silts and gravels.
Vine age: 10 –14 year old vines
Trellis Style: VSP
Winemakers comments
Macerated to extract the delicate color of the Pinot Gris skins and vinified in stainless steel at low temperature. Perfect as an aperitif or with a light lunch.
Alcohol: 13.5%
Residual sugar: 5g/L

2013 Amber

Appearance: Clear amber/orange colour.
Bouquet: Spiced honey, dried nectarines and pears.
Palate: Bone dry, rippled with minerality and tannins. This wine is at the cross roads of a red wine for its tannins and texture, a cool climate white wine for its intense minerality and a barrel fermented white wine for its charming oxidative notes.
Technical Analysis
Location: 45 degrees South
Low cropping estate grown grapes for this wine were hand harvested in April from Aurum’s Te Wairere vineyard in the Lowburn area of Central Otago.
Climate: A long warm autumn with hot dry days and cool nights allowed an extended ripening of fruit still holding good acidity.
Soils: Fluvial, glacial silts and gravels.
Vine age: 9 –13 year old vines
Trellis Style: VSP
Winemakers comments
This wine is made using ancient techniques. The grapes underwent fermentation in large clay Cretian pithoi with their skins. After extensive post maceration, the wine was drained through muslin cloth and aged in oak barrels for 12 months. The wine was then hand bottled, unfined and unfiltered.
Alcohol: 13%
Residual sugar: 1.5g/L

2012 Pinot Noir

Appearance: Deep garnet red.
Bouquet: Powerful perfumed nose of raspberry, cherry and violet with a hint of cedar wood.
Palate: Intense flavours of juicy black fruits such as blackberry, black cherry and plum with savoury notes of liquorice and peat supported by a soft layered tannin structure.
Technical Analysis
Location: Estate grown grapes from Aurum’s organic Te Wairere vineyard in Lowburn, near Cromwell, Central Otago. Low cropping grapes for this wine were hand harvested in April 2012 after long slow ripening.
Climate: A season of hot dry days and cool nights allowed an extended ripening of ripe clean fruit still holding good acidity.
Soils: Windblown sands and silts.
Viticulture: 9 – 13 year old vines on VSP trellis, cane pruned.
Winemaker’s comments: The grapes were mostly destemmed with the use of 10% whole bunch, cold soaked for 5 days and fermented in open vats. The wine was matured in French oak barrels for 18 months. Unfiltered.
Suggested Food: Venison, game, beef and lamb dishes, smoked meats and fish and hard aged cheeses.
Alcohol: 14%
Bottled: 19th Sept 2013

2012 18 Carat Pinot Gris

Succulent and honeyed, this botrytised dessert wine exhibits orange blossom, dried apricot and ripe pear and spice flavours with a long clean finish.
Technical Analysis
Noble Rot developed on these grapes under the influence of warm rain followed by foggy nights and dry sunny days.
Soils: Fluvial, glacial silts and gravels.
Winemakers comments: Only botrytised bunches with more than 60% Noble Rot were selected for this wine. The bunches were ‘foulees’ (trampled by foot), and pressed the next day. The wine was fermented in stainless steel for 3 weeks.·
Food Matching: Perfect with desserts and foie gras, but also with cheeses or as an aperitif.
Alcohol: 10.5%
Acidity: 9.5g/L
Residual Sugar: 145 g/L.
Aurum is the Latin word for gold. This wine is named 18 carat after the purity of gold and is one a series of dessert wines including 9 carat Noble Semillon and 24 carat Pinot Gris.

2012 Pinot Gris

Vivacious, with intense pear and tropical fruit flavours, this wine is perfect as an aperitif or with lunch. This wine is soft and full bodied with a rich creamy mouthfeel supported by a mineral backbone and a long lingering aftertaste.
Technical Analysis
Location: 45 Degrees South
Pinot Gris grapes for this wine were grown at Aurum’s Te Wairere vineyard in Lowburn, near Cromwell.
Climate: a long warm autumn with hot dry days and cool nights allowed and extended ripening of fruits still holding good acidity.
Soils: fluvial, glacial silts and gravels.
Vine Age: 11 year old vines on VSP trellis.
Winemaker’s comments: The grapes were hand harvested and then whole bunch pressed to minimise extraction of skin phenolics and cool fermented in stainless steel tanks with extensive lees stirring to increase the mouthfeel.
Alcohol: 14%
Acidity: 7 g/L
Residual Sugar: 9 g/L.

2011 Pinot Noir

This wine has an intensely perfumed nose of blackberry with flavours of juicy red and black fruits and aniseed supported by a soft layered tannin structure.
Technical Analysis
Location: 45 degree south
Low cropping estate grown grapes were hand harvested in April 2011 from Aurum’s Te Wairere vineyard near Cromwell, Central Otago.
Climate: A season of hot dry days and cool nights allowed an extended ripening of clean fruit still holding good acidity.
Vine Age: 8-13 year old vines on VSP trellis.
Winemaker’s comments: The grapes were de-stemmed, cold soaked for 5 days and fermented in open vats. The wine was matured in French oak barrels for 18 months.
Bottled: 11.10.12
Alcohol: 14.5

2011 Mathilde Pinot Noir

This powerful wine has a concentrated nose and intense palate of chocolate, blackberry and spice, with ripe, supple tannins, silky mouthfeel and a long fine finish.
Technical Analysis
Location: 45 degrees South. Low cropping estate grown grapes for this wine were hand harvested in April·2011 from Aurum’s Te Wairere vineyard·in the Lowburn area of Central Otago.
Climate: 2011 was a very warm season and fruit reached optimum ripeness.
Soils: Windblown sands and silts.
Vine age: 11 year old vines on VSP trellis.
Winemaker’s comments: Wine for this Reserve Pinot Noir was selected by the winemakers from clones 777, 667, Abel and 115 giving·fine tannins and spicy flavours. The wine was matured for 14·months in French oak barrels with 25% new oak.·Will reward by cellaring 2-5 years.
Bottled: 15.10.12
Alcohol: 14%
Mathilde is the name of the first born daughter of our winemakers, Brook and Lucie Lawrence.

2010 Chardonnay

Supple and ripe with intense pear, quince and tropical fruit flavours, this oft and full bodied with a rich creamy mouthfeel supported by a mineral backbone and a long lingering aftertaste.
Appearance: Pale straw with bright clarity
Bouquet: A beautiful bouquet of ripe white peaches with notes of manderin together with toasty well integrated oak.
Palate: Full bodied fruit driven wine with a rich creamy mouthfeel. This is supported by a mineral backbone and a long lingering aftertaste.
Technical Analysis
Location: 45 Degrees South
Low cropping Chardonnay grapes for this wine were grown at Aurum’s 45th Parallel vineyard in Lowburn, near Cromwell.
Climate: a long warm autumn with hot dry days and cool nights allowed and extended ripening of fruits still holding good acidity.
Soils: fluvial, glacial silts and gravels.
Vine Age: 13 year old vines on VSP trellis.
Winemaker’s comments: The grapes were hand harvested and then whole bunch pressed. Fermentation was in French oak barrels, ( 25% new oak) with selected French yeasts. The wine was lees stirred over 10 months and went through malolactic fermentation overt he winter.
Bottled: 23 Feb 2011
Alcohol: 14.5%,
Acidity: 6.6 g/L,

2010 Pinot Noir

This wine has a strong cherry, plum and spice flavour with liquorice and peat supported by a supple layered tannin structure.
Technical Analysis
Location: 45 Degrees South
Low cropping estate grown grapes were hand harvested in April 2010 from Aurum Te Wairere vineyards near Cromwell, Central Otago.
Climate: A season of hot, dry days cool nights allowed an extended ripening of clean fruit still holding good acidity.
Vine Age: 7 – 12 year old vines on VSP trellis.
Winemaker’s comments: The grapes were destemmed, cold soaked for 5 days and fermented in open vats. The wine was matured in French oak barrels for 18 months.
Bottled: 11/10/11
Alcohol: 14%

2010 Pinot Gris

Supple and ripe with intense pear, quince and tropical fruit flavours, this wine is soft and full bodied with a rich creamy mouthfeel supported by a mineral backbone and a long lingering aftertaste.

Technical Analysis
Location: 45 Degrees South
Pinot Gris grapes for this wine were grown at Aurum’s 45th Parallel Vineyard in Lowburn, Cromwell Valley, Central Otago.
Climate: A long warm autumn with dry, hot days and cool nights allowed and extended ripening of fruits, still holding good acidity.
Soils: Fluvial, glacial silts and gravels.
Vine Age: 7-11 year old vines with VSP gravels.
Winemaker’s comments: The grapes were hand harvested and then whole bunch pressed to minimise extraction of skin phenolics and cool fermented in stainless steel tanks with extensive lees stirring to increase mouth feel.
Alcohol: 13.2%
Acidity: 6.6 g/L
Residual Sugar: 9 g/L

2009 Pinot Gris

Supple and ripe with intense pear, quince and tropical fruit flavours, this wine is soft and full bodied with a rich creamy mouthfeel supported by a mineral backbone and a long lingering aftertaste.

Technical Analysis
Location: 45 Degrees South
Pinot Gris grapes for this wine were grown at
Aurum’s 45th Parallel and Te Wairere vineyards in
Lowburn, near Cromwell.
Climate: a long warm autumn with hot dry days
and cool nights allowed and extended ripening of
fruits still holding good acidity.
Soils: fluvial, glacial silts and gravels
Vine Age: 7-11 year old vine on VSP trellis.
Winemaker’s comments: The grapes were hand harvested and then whole bunch pressed to minimise extraction of skin phenolics and cool fermented in stainless steel tanks with extensive lees stirring to increase the mouthfeel of this late harvest Pinot Gris only fully botrytised bunches with Noble Rot were selected.
Bottled: 5.8.09
Alcohol: 13.2%
Acidity: 6.6 g/L
Residual Sugar: 19 g/L

Gold Medal New Zealand International Wine Show 2010

4 Stars Michael Cooper Winestate

2009 Riesling

Appearance: Crystal clear, pale lemon.
Bouquet: Fragrant, lemony, limey and toasty bouquet.
Palate: A dry style wine with very concentrated citrus and stone fruit notes with an underlying complexity of spices. Backbone of minerality, highly structured with a long lingering aftertaste.
Technical Analysis
Location: 45 degrees South
Low cropping estate grown grapes for this wine were hand harvested in late April from Aurum’s 45th Parallel and Te Wairere vineyards in the Lowburn area of Central Otago.
Climate: A long warm autumn with hot dry days and cool nights allowed an extended ripening of fine clean fruit still holding good acidity.
Soils: Fluvial, glacial silts and gravels.
Vine age: 8-12 year old vines
Trellis Style: VSP
Winemaker’s comments: The grapes were whole bunch pressed to minimise extraction of skin phenolics and cool fermented in stainless steel tanks. The ferment was stopped to maintain a small residual sugar level to balance the acidity.
Bottled: 20th August 2009
Alcohol: 12.5%
Acidity: 8.2 g/L
Residual sugar: 7.7 g/L

2009 Mathilde Pinot Noir

This fine reserve wine has a nose of complex black fruit and spice with a palate of blackberry and black currant flavours and a lingering dark chocolate finish. An intense and elegant wine, well balanced with fine tannins and good acidity.

Technical Analysis
Location: 45 Degrees South
Low cropping estate grown grapes for this wine were hand harvested in April 2009 from Aurum’s Te Wairere vineyard in the Lowburn area of Central Otago.
Climate: 2009 was a very warm season and fruit reached optimum ripeness.
Soils: Windblown sands and silts.
Vine Age: 9 year old vines on VSP trellis.
Winemaker’s comments: Wine for this Reserve Pinot Noir was selected by the winemakers from clones 777, 667, Abel and 115 giving fine tannins and spicy flavours. The wine was matured for 14 months in French oak barrels with 25% new oak. Will reward by cellaring 2-5 years.
Bottled: 15/06/10
Alcohol: 14.5%

Mathilde is the name of the first born daughter of our winemakers, Brooke and Lucie Lawrence.

“Dense, ripe wine with a velvet texture. Strong oak but supported by plenty of plump, ripe fruit and dark cherry flavours. Classy Pinot Noir with potential.” – 5 Stars, Michael Coopers, Winestate

2009 Pinot Noir

This wine has a concentrated sweet berry fruit nose with integrated oak. The palate is very spicy with intense black currant and boysenberry flavours with velvety tannins and a generous long finish.

Technical Analysis
Location: 45 Degrees South
Low cropping estate grown grapes were hand harvested in April 2007 from Aurum’s 45th Parallel and Te Wairere vineyards in Central Otago.
Climate: 2009 was a very warm season and fruit reached optimum ripeness.
Vine Age: 7-12 year old vines on VSP trellis.
Winemakers’ comments: The grapes were destemmed, cold soaked for 5 days and fermented in open vats. The wine was matured in French oak barrels for 11 months.
Bottled: 15/03/212
Alcohol: 14.5%
Acidity: 5.4 g/L

5 Stars – Bob Campbell

“Rich, luscious and charming minor fruit bomb style that reminds me of the 2007 vintage. Great length and intensity with a featherbread texture. Ripe tannins offer structure and prevent any suggestion of cloying. Classy Pinot.”

4 1/2 Stars – Michael Cooper, Winestate

2009 Madeleine Pinot Noir

This fine reserve wine has a perfumed nose of blackcurrant and cedar wood. It has a deep peaty flavour, liquorice, black fruit and a long and generous dark chocolate finish. An intense and elegant wine, with round , ample structure and silky , fine tannins.

Technical Analysis
Location: 45 Degrees South
Pinot Gris grapes for this wine were grown at Aurum’s Te Wairere Vineyard in Lowburn, Cromwell Valley, Central Otago.
Climate: 2009 was a very warm season and fruit reached optimum ripeness.
Soils: Windblown sands and silts
Vine Age: 9 year old vines with VSP gravels.
Winemaker’s comments: This Reserve Pinot Noir is only made in exceptional years. The wine was matured for 20 months in french oak barrels. Will reward by cellaring 5-10 years.
Alcohol: 14.5%

“Pure scents akin to jasmine, rosemary and thyme give way to a powerful, fleshy mouthfull alive with clean fruit”
Cuisine Magazine November 2011

2009 Pinot Gris 24 Carat

With an intense perfume of quince and orange blossom this fine botrytised dessert wine is spicy and honeyed exhibiting luscious dried apricot, marmalade and caramelized apple flavours with a deep viscosity and a generous finish.

Technical Analysis
Location: 45 Degrees South
Pinot Gris grapes for this wine were grown at Aurum’s 45th Parallel vineyard in Lowburn, near Cromwell
Climate: Noble Rot developed on these grapes under the influence of warm rain followed by sunny days and foggy nights.
Soils: Fluvial glacial silts and gravels.
Vine Age: 11 year old vines on VSP trellis.
Winemaker’s comments: For this late harvest Pinot Gris only fully botrytised bunches with Noble Rot were selected. The bunches were “foulees” (trampled by foot), and pressed the next day. The wine was fermented in barrel, with just one barrel coming from .5 hectare of vines.
“A dessert in a glass”
Bottled: 05/08/09
Alcohol: 9.8%
Acidity: 9.8 g/L
Residual Sugar: 288 g/L

2009 Pinot Gris 18 Carat

Succulent and honeyed, this botrytised dessert wine exhibits orange blossom, dried apricot and ripe grapefruit flavours with a long clean finish.

Technical Analysis
Location: 45 Degrees South
Pinot Gris grapes for this wine were grown at Aurum’s 45th Parallel Vineyard in Lowburn, Cromwell Valley, Central Otago.
Climate: Noble Rot developed on these grapes under the influence of warm rain followed by foggy nights and dry sunny days.
Soils: Fluvial, glacial silts and gravels.
Vine Age: 11 year old vines with VSP gravels.
Winemaker’s comments: Only botrytised bunches with more than 50% Noble Rot were selected for this wine. The bunches were “foluees” (trampled by foot) and pressed the next day. The wine was fermented in stainless steel for 3 weeks.
Bottled: 05/08/09
Alcohol: 10.4%
Acidity: 9.5 g/L
Residual Sugar: 174 g/L

2008 Riesling

This vibrant wine has a fragrant nose of lifted lime and manderin aromas with white peaches and a spice background. The palate is of very concentrated citrus and stone fruit notes with an underlying complexity of spices. Highly structured with a along lingering aftertaste.

Technical Analysis
Location: 45 Degrees South
Low cropping estate grown grapes for this wine were hand harvested in late April from Aurum’s 45th Parallel and te Wairere vineyards in Lowburn.
Climate: A long very warm autumn with hot dry days and cool nights allowed an extended period of ripening with fine clean fruit still holding acidity.
Soils: Fluvial, glacial silts and gravels.
Vine Age: 7 – 11 year old vines on VSP trellis style.
Winemaker’s Comments: The grapes were whole bunch pressed to minimise extraction of skin phenolics and cool fermented in stainless steel tanks. the ferment was stopped to maintain a snall residual sugar level to balance the acidity.
Bottled: 14.8.08
Alcohol: 12.5%
Acidity: 8.8g/L
Residual sugar: 7.9g/L.

2008 Pinot Noir

With a harmonious nose of red berry fruit and integrated oak, this wine is savoury and spicy with soft silky tannins and a generous long finish.

Technical Analysis
Location: 45 Degrees South
Low cropping estate grown grapes were hand harvested in April 2008 from Aurum’s 45th Parallel and Te Wairere vineyards in Central Otago.
Climate: 2008 was a very warm season and fruit reached optimum ripeness.
Viticulture: 6-11 year old vines on VSP trellis, cane pruned. Clones 115, 113, 667, Abel and UDC 5.
Winemaker’s comments: The grapes were destemmed, cold soaked for 5 days and fermented in open vats. The wine was matured in French oak barrels for 11 months.
Bottled: 12/03/09
Alcohol: 14%
Acidity: 5.4 g/L

5 Stars – Winestate Magazine

2007 Madeleine Pinot Noir

Inky dark and silky textured, this wine has an intense nose of black currant and cedar wood with deep peaty flavours, black fruits and liquorice, with fine tannins and along and complex finish.

Classy wine with impressively powerful fruit flavours although not made in a ‘fruit bomb’ style. In addition to plum, dark cherry and spice/anise there’s mineral, forest floor and woodsmoke. Seriously complex Pinot Noir with a good structure of ripe tannins for an assured future.
Gourmet Wine Traveller, 96/100 Dec/Jan 2010

The wine is named after the second daughter of our winemakers, Lucie and Brook Lawrence.

Technical Analysis
Location: 45 Degrees South
Low cropping state grown grapes were hand harvested in April 2007 from Aurum’s 45th Parallel vineyard in the Pisa area of Central Otago.
Climate: 2007 was a very warm season and fruit reached optimum ripeness.
Vine Age: 10 year old vines on VSP trellis.
Winemaker’s Comments: This reserve wine will only be made in exceptional years. The wine was matured for 20 months in 2 french oak barrels.
Bottled: 11/12/08
Alcohol: 14.5%
Acidity: 5.4 g/L

2014 Madeleine Pinot Noir

Appearance
Bright, deep garnet.

Bouquet
Perfumed bouquet of floral notes and dried herbs with both red and black fruits.

Palate
The structure is detailed and layered. This wine shows transparency and remains delicate despite its concentration.

Technical Analysis
Location – 45 degrees South
Low cropping estate grown grapes for this wine were hand harvested in April 2014 from Te Wairere vineyard in Lowburn, Central Otago.

Climate
2014 was cool with a very long ripening period and fruit reached optimum ripeness.

Soils
Glacial/fluvial gravel and silts.

Vine age
15 year old vines

Trellis Style
VSP (Vertical shoot positioning)

Winemaker’s comments
This Reserve Pinot Noir was processed by foot trampling 100% whole bunch grapes in open fermenter with wild yeasts and aged in French oak barrels for 12 months.
Will reward by cellaring 8-10 years.

Madeleine is the name of the second born daughter of our winemakers, Brook and Lucie Lawrence.

Alcohol : 13.5%
Acidity: 5.4 g/l
Closure: Screwcap

 

2014 Mathilde Pinot Noir

Appearance: Clear ruby red.
Bouquet: Complex smoky, cedar wood, ripe plum and dried herbs.
Palate: Raspberry and black currant flavours with savoury and earthy tones. This wine has a solid mid-palate and lingering chocolate finish. An elegant wine, well balanced with fine tannins and good acidity.
Technical Analysis:
Location – 45 degrees South
Low cropping estate grown grapes for this wine were hand harvested in April 2014 from Aurum’s Te Wairere vineyard in the Lowburn area of Central Otago, New Zealand.
Climate:
2014 was a long cool season with extended hang time for the fruit which reached optimum ripeness.
Soils: Wind-blown sands and silts.
Vine Age: 15 year old vines
Trellis Style: VSP (Vertical shoot positioning)
Winemaker’s Comments:
Grapes for this Reserve Pinot Noir were selected by the winemakers and fermented in open top fermenters, hand plunged and with wild yeasts. The wine was matured for 12 months in French oak barrels with 20% new oak.
Will reward by cellaring 4-8 years.

Mathilde is the name of the first born daughter of our winemakers, Brook and Lucie Lawrence.

Bottled: June 2015
Alcohol: 13 %
Closure: Screwcap

2015 Organic Amber Wine

Appearance: Clear amber/orange colour.
Bouquet: Spiced honey, dried nectarines and pears.
Palate: Bone dry, rippled with minerality and tannins. This wine is at the cross roads of a red wine for its tannins and texture, a cool climate white wine for its intense minerality and a barrel fermented white wine for its charming oxidative notes.
Technical Analysis:
Location – 45 Degrees South
Low cropping estate grown grapes for this wine were hand harvested in April from Aurum’s Te Wairere vineyard in the Lowburn area of Central Otago.
Climate:
A long warm autumn with hot dry days and cool nights allowed an extended ripening of fruit still holding good acidity.
Soils: Fluvial, glacial silts and gravels.
Vine Age: 10 – 15 year old vines
Trellis Style: VSP
Winemaker’s Comments:
This wine is made using ancient techniques. The grapes underwent fermentation with their skins. After extensive post maceration, the wine was drained through muslin cloth and aged in oak barrels for 12 months. The wine was then hand bottled, unfined and unfiltered.

Alcohol: 13% alc by vol

2015 Pinot Gris

Appearance: Crystal clear – very pale lemon
Bouquet: Intense perfume of honeysuckle, quince, mandarin peel and melon.
Palate: This wine is supple and ripe with intense pear, quince and mandarin flavours. The fruit and spice notes are underlined by a rich and creamy mouth feel with a good acidity providing a mineral backbone and a long lingering aftertaste to this off-dry style wine.
Technical Analysis:
Location – 45 degrees South
Low cropping estate grown grapes for this wine were hand harvested in April from Aurum’s Te Wairere vineyard in the Lowburn area of Central Otago.
Climate:
A long warm autumn with hot dry days and cool nights allowed an extended ripening of fruit still holding good acidity.
Soils: Fluvial, glacial silts and gravels.
Vine Age: 15 year old vines
Trellis Style: VSP Vertical Shoot Positioning
Winemaker’s Comments:
The grapes were whole bunch pressed to minimise extraction of skin phenolics and cool fermented in stainless steel tanks with extensive lees stirring to increase the mouthfeel.

Alcohol: 13.5%
Residual sugar: 4.6 g/L

2015 Pinot Noir

Appearance: Deep garnet red
Tasting Notes: Mouthfilling and supple, it has concentrated, ripe plum, cherry, perfumes and spice flavours, with finely integrated oak adding complexity, and obvious cellaring potential; open 2018+
Technical Analysis:
Location – Estate grown grapes from Aurum’s organic Te Wairere vineyard in Lowburn, near Cromwell, Central Otago. Low cropping grapes for this wine were hand harvested in April 2015 after long slow ripening.
Climate:
A season of hot dry days and cool nights allowed an extended ripening of ripe clean fruit still holding good acidity.
Soils: Windblown sands and silts.
Viticulture: 16 year old vines on VSP trellis.
Winemaker’s Comments:
The grapes were mostly destemmed, cold soaked for 5 days and fermented in open vats with wild yeasts. The wine was matured in French oak barrels for 12 months. Unfined and unfiltered.

Alcohol: 14%
Bottled: July 2016

2015 Riesling

Appearance: Crystal clear, pale lemon.
Palate:
Wow! Lime alert! This southern star smashes through the palate with green apple and quartz-powder, mineral-driven mouthfeel that lingers long and will send your saliva glands into overload. The citrus intensity is one thing, but the honeysuckle and hints of biscuit really add to the complexity of this wine in the mouth. It’s a clean, zingy wine which zips into action immediately. This is the sort of wine that’ll be perfection with classic, sweet and sour pork with pineapple chunks. 4.5 Stars – Yvonne Lorkin
Technical Analysis:
Location – 45 degrees South
Grapes for this wine were hand harvested in late April from the Cromwell basin area of Central Otago.
Climate:
A long warm autumn with hot dry days and cool nights allowed an extended ripening of fine clean fruit still holding good acidity.
Soils: Fluvial, glacial silts and gravels.
Vine Age: 20 year old vines
Trellis Style: VSP
Winemaker’s Comments:
The grapes were whole bunch pressed to minimise extraction of skin phenolics and cool fermented in stainless steel tanks. The ferment was stopped to maintain a small residual sugar level to balance the acidity.

Bottled: 20th August 2015
Alcohol: 13%
Acidity: 8 g/L
Residual sugar: 8.3 g/L
Closure: Screwcap

2016 Organic Pinot Gris Rosé

Appearance: Delicate pink color
Tasting Note: This wine is mouthwatering, vivacious and captures the fragrances of strawberry and cream.
Technical Analysis:
Location – 45 Degrees South
Low cropping estate grown grapes for this wine were hand harvested in April from Aurum’s Te Wairere vineyard in the Lowburn area of Central Otago.
Climate:
A long warm autumn with hot dry days and cool nights allowed an extended ripening of fruit still holding good acidity.
Soils: Fluvial, glacial silts and gravels.
Vine Age: 11 – 15 year old vines
Trellis Style: VSP
Winemaker’s Comments:
Macerated to extract the delicate color of the Pinot Gris skins and vinified in stainless steel at low temperature. Perfect as an aperitif or with a light lunch.

Residual Sugar: 2 g/.L
Alcohol: 13.5% alc by vol

Port Molyneux

Bouquet and Palate:
An intense peach and apricot kernel nose. Elegant fortified dessert wine with hints of peach, citrus and dried fruit with a smooth finish.
Winemaker’s Comments:
Late harvest Pinot Gris was fermented in stainless steel until the right amount of sugar remained and fortified (mutage) with alcohol distilled from our Pinot Noir lees and further blended to create its complex harmonious balance.
Food Matching:
Perfect as an aperitif but this wine also matches with nuts, cheeses or with desserts. Lovely served over ice as a pre dinner drink.

Alcohol: 16%
Residual sugar: 95 g/L

Port Molyneux is named for the old sailing ship port where the Clutha River (formerly the Molyneux River which flows past Aurum’s vineyard) meets the Pacific Ocean. The port was a busy drop off point for supplies and miners travelling to the gold rush in Central Otago in the 1860s. After the huge floods of 1878 the mouth of the river changed forever and Port Molyneux was abandoned.

2016 Organic Pinot Noir

Appearance

Deep garnet red

Tasting notes

Mouthfilling, juicy and supple, it has concentrated, small red fruits, perfumes and spice flavours, with finely integrated oak adding complexity, and obvious cellaring potential; open 2019+

Technical Analysis

Location – Estate grown grapes from Aurum’s organic Te Wairere vineyard in Lowburn, near Cromwell, Central Otago. Low cropping grapes for this wine were hand harvested in April 2016 after long slow ripening.

Climate

A season of hot dry days and cool nights allowed an extended ripening of ripe clean fruit still holding good acidity.

Soils

Windblown sands and silts.

Viticulture

16 year old vines on VSP trellis.

Winemaker’s comments

The grapes were mostly destemmed, cold soaked for 5 days and fermented in open vats with wild yeasts. The wine was matured in French oak barrels for 12 months. Unfined and unfiltered.

Alcohol: 13.5%
Bottled: July 2017

2015 Madeleine Organic Pinot Noir

Appearance

Bright, deep garnet.

Bouquet

Perfumed bouquet of floral notes and dried herbs with both red and black fruits.

Palate

The structure is detailed and layered. This wine shows transparency and remains delicate despite its concentration.

Location – 45 degrees South

Low cropping estate grown grapes for this wine were hand harvested in April 2015 from Te Wairere vineyard in Lowburn, Central Otago.

Climate

2015 was warm with a very long ripening period and fruit reached optimum ripeness.

Soils

Glacial/fluvial gravel and silts.

Vine age

15 year old vines

Winemaker’s comments

Aurum’s philosophy is to work as closely as possible with nature. Our vineyard and winery are managed using certified organic practices and we thrive to produce wines that speak truthfully of their origins. Organics is the defining philosophy of our vineyard management and part of an overall goal to achieve continuous improvements in vineyard sustainability and to make better wines.

This Pinot Noir was processed by foot trampling 100% whole bunch grapes in open fermenter with wild yeasts and aged in French oak barrels for 12 months.

Will reward by cellaring 8-10 years.

Madeleine is the name of the second born daughter of our winemakers, Brook and Lucie Lawrence.

 

Alcohol : 13.5%

Acidity: 6.08 g/l

2016 Dry Riesling

Appearance: Crystal clear, pale lemon.
Palate:
Freshly scented, lively and tangy, this medium bodied wine has intense lemon/lime flavours, a minerally streak and a finely poised, dryish, very long finish. Full of personality and potential.
Technical Analysis:
Location – 45 degrees South
Grapes for this wine were hand harvested in late April from the Cromwell basin area of Central Otago.
Climate:
A long warm autumn with hot dry days and cool nights allowed an extended ripening of fine clean fruit still holding good acidity.
Soils: Fluvial, glacial silts and gravels.
Vine Age: 20 year old vines
Trellis Style: VSP
Winemaker’s Comments:
The grapes were whole bunch pressed to minimise extraction of skin phenolics and cool fermented in stainless steel tanks. The ferment was stopped to maintain a small residual sugar level to balance the acidity.

Bottled: 30th August 2016
Alcohol: 12%
Acidity: 10 g/L
Residual sugar: 10 g/L
Closure: Screwcap

2016 Organic Chardonnay

Appearance
Pale straw with bright clarity.

Bouquet
A beautiful bouquet of ripe white peaches with notes of grapefruit together with toasty, nutty well integrated oak.

Palate
Full bodied fruit driven wine with a rich creamy mouthfeel.

Technical Analysis

Location – 45 Degrees South
Low cropping grapes for this wine were hand harvested from our Te Wairere vineyard in Lowburn, Central Otago.

Climate
A season of hot dry days and cool nights allowed an extended ripening of very ripe clean fruit still holding good acidity.

Soils
Fluvial, glacial silts and gravels.

Vine age
5 year old vines

Trellis Style
VSP with cane pruned vines.

Winemakers comments: Grapes were whole bunch pressed, and fermented in French oak barrels (15% new oak) with wild yeasts. The wine went through malolactic fermentation in the following spring.

Bottled : July 2017
Alcohol : 13 %