KOYAMA Waipara Pinot Noir 2019

KOYAMA Waipara Pinot Noir 2019

  • Pinot Noir
  • New Zealand, 750ml

Since this wine is a blend of two gravel soil vineyards, the wine has soft, rounded tannin, and is very easy to approach. The colour is a light ruby to pink hue. The aromas are of cherry, mushroom earthiness and red stone fruits, while the palate shows good, firm structure with a good frame of tannin.

  • Winery: KOYAMA Wines
  • Varietal: Pinot Noir
  • Region: Waipara, New Zealand
  • Vintage: 2019
  • Alcohol: 13%
  • Volume: 750ml
  • Closure: Screwcap
  • Other: Organic, contains sulphites
  • Food pairing: Chicken & duck; lamb & mild sausage; tuna & salmon; mushroom risotto; mushroom & light-medium red sauces; brie & goats cheese

Aged in French Oak barrels for 18 months. No fining or filtration is applied. The grapes were sourced from two different vineyards in Waipara Valley. Both vineyards are situated in the centre of Waipara Valley, where the soil is called “Glacial Gravel”. Those free-draining stony soil bring good, rich aromas to the wines. Vertical Shoot Positioned Trellis is used to train vines in both vineyard. Grapes were hand harvested into small picking bins, and sorted again in the winery before fermentation. Natural yeast fermentation in open top 1.7t vats for about 20 days, then gently pressed with basket press.


"When Takahiro Koyama, owner winemaker of Koyama Wines came to New Zealand in 2003, it was to study Viticulture and Oenology at Lincoln University. He was offered to work with CP Lin at Mountford Estate as a cellar hand while he was a student at Lincoln.

During his time at Mountford, Takahiro went overseas several times to experience different winemaking. First it was Weingut Keller in Rheinhessen, Germany in 2006 (Riesling) and then it was Au Bon Climat in Central Coast California in 2007 and 2008 (Pinot Noir/Chardonnay plus other varieties).

When he graduated from Lincoln in 2006 he became assistant winemaker at Mountford. In 2009, as he continued working at Mountford, he started to make his own wine and established Koyama Wines Limited. Grapes for Koyama Wines came from three local growers’ vineyards namely Williams’ (Pinot Noir), Pearson’s (Pinot Noir) and Tussock Terrace (Riesling).

In 2017 with investment from Japan, Koyama Wines Limited purchased Mountford Estate and now all Koyama wines are produced at Mountford except for Riesling Sparkling Brut and Brut Nature which were added to the list in 2018.

Koyama wines are produced in tiny quantities using Organic practices at every level. They reflect the variety and particularity of the very special Waipara Valley soil types and vineyard sitings." Koyama Wines

  • 3 Stars & 'Recommended' - The Real Review
  • 4 Stars & Top Ranked - The Real Review (2016 vintage)


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