The Boneline Waimanu 2016

The Boneline Waimanu 2016

  • Pinot Noir
  • New Zealand, 750ml

"Sweet cherry, faint raspberry scents, a touch of amaro and blood orange. Really like the perfume. Glossy and bright in the palate, sour cherry flavours here, so pure-feeling, effortless glide, soft, brisk, herb n orange-y finish. It’s lovely, does balance well, does length well, and satisfaction plus." Mike Bennie

  • Winery: The Boneline
  • Varietal: Pinot Noir
  • Region: Waipara, New Zealand
  • Vintage: 2016
  • Alcohol: 14.5%
  • Volume: 750ml
  • Closure: Screwcap
  • Food pairing: Chicken & duck; lamb & mild sausage; tuna & salmon; mushroom risotto; mushroom & light-medium red sauces; brie & goats cheese

A superb expression of Waipara Pinot at its best. With some of the oldest vines in the valley and Ostler's Jeff Sinnott at the winemaking helm, The Boneline are making stunning advances. The Waimanu is the perfect expression of Waipara's Pinot strengths with harmonious fruit and subtle spicy, umami themes in a satisfying, complete varietal style.


The Boneline label from the Waipara Valley, North Canterbury, grew from the Waipara West operation, but instead of making wines that suited the European markets, The Boneline was to be focussed on the Australian and New Zealand palate. The Boneline is the family partnership of London-based Paul Tutton, his artist wife Olga Sienko, and his sister Vic Tutton who is based on the vineyard with her husband Lindsay Hill who is the viticulturist. The wines come from 25 ha of vines planted from 1989, with Sauvignon Blanc, Chardonnay and Riesling in white, and Pinot Noir, Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot and Cabernet Franc with some Syrah in red. Behind the change of style were the inputs of the highly respected winegrower Jeff Sinnott, who has been assisted by Paul Goodege. Paul is now the winemaker but Jeff Sinnott remains as consultant. ‘The Boneline’ refers to the nearby K-T Boundary line that is evidence of the global catastrophe of an asteroid impact on the earth defining the end of the Mesozoic Era and the extinction of the dinosaurs. The labels feature fossils discovered in the Waipara River dating back as far as 65 million years.


  • 94/100 - The Wine Front, Mike Bennie

Previous vintage - 2014:

  • 93/100 - Sam Kim

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