Ara Wines reflect the purity of the place they come from. Fusing the time-honoured art of winemaking with fresh ideas, we amplify and refine the natural qualities of the remarkable Wairau Valley location. The result is a strikingly different Marlborough, New Zealand experience.
Sourced from across our Estate in Marlborough's Wairau Valley, Ara Single Estate are intensely flavoured wines that amplify the remarkable valley story. These consistent, flavoursome wines tell the tale of making Ara wines on the edge of the world.This Single Estate Pinot Noir has been crafted from low-yielding vines from a site in the Southern Valleys of Marlborough.
This Single Estate Pinot Noir has been crafted from low-yielding vines from our site in the Southern Valleys of Marlborough. Fruit was hand harvested in four separate lots, picked at optimum ripeness. Ferment was 12 to 16 days, peaking at 28°C, before all the juice was pressed into French oak, of which 25% was new. Malolactic fermentation occurred over the winter, with the wine being pulled off lees in March. From there it was lightly filtered to preserve its pretty, delicate fruit and its tannin integrity before bottling.
This Pinot Noir shows complex bright red fruits and deep mocha spice burst from the glass. On the palate, the tannins are fine and slightly grippy, with a rich mid palate.
As if New Zealand wasn’t already on the edge of the earth, wait until you’ve made the journey to Wairau Valley, Marlborough. At 41.51S 174.01E, Ara Wines are literally on the edge of the world. Wedged between rugged mountains on both sides and with two icy rivers cutting a track through, it’s an extreme place. This valley is the definition of raw, untamed, cool climate. To say this presents challenges is an understatement. But digging deep and working in harmony with the environment builds strong character – and strong character makes great wines. In fact, the winemaking and viticulture teams at Ara Wines wouldn’t have it any other way. They live to embrace challenge – creating intensely flavoured wines that amplify Marlborough’s remarkable natural story. These strikingly different, complex wines illustrate their ‘Ara’ or path on the edge of the world.
SAM KIM - WINE ORBIT
Delightfully fruited and elegantly fragrant, the wine shows dark cherry, ripe strawberry, smoked game and nutmeg characters with subtle dried herb complexity. The palate delivers juicy fruit flavours and fleshy mouthfeel, beautifully supported by fine texture and gentle tannins. At its best: now to 2022.