There can be few places associated with the development of New Zealand wine that has such unique historical significance as Mission Estate Winery. Established in 1851, Mission Estate is New Zealand's oldest winemaker. Over 150 years of experience and passion have culminated in the current collection of Mission Estate, Vineyard Selection, Reserve and Jewelstone award winning wines. Grapes are sourced predominantly from Hawke's Bay, with modern viticulture and winemaking techniques practiced to ensure the long-standing reputation for quality is maintained.
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Fete Cuvee Sparkling, Mission Estate
A hand harvested cuvée crafted to celebrate Mission Estate's 160 years of winemaking and pioneering heritage. Named Fête (to honour the winery's French roots) this soft and light sparkling wine is made in the Champagne method giving it delicious creamy characteristics, delicate pear aromas and a fine, persistant mousse.
Unlike Champagne this wine is made from predominantly Pinot Gris grapes with a little Chardonnay fruit thrown in. These grapes were hand harvested from the Mission Estate Taradale vineyard, and pressed very gently in the traditional manner. In the mouth the wine sings across the palate showing a persistent and fresh moreish finish.Learn More
Merlot-Cabernet Franc 'Jewelstone', Mission Estate Single Vineyard, 2010The Gimblett Gravels region in the famed Hawke’s Bay has become one of New Zealand’s fine wine regions with some wines outclassing several Bordeaux First Growths. The 2009 vintage of this wine did just that at a blind tasting in Hong Kong and at less than half the Jewelstone’s modest price too.
The 2010 vintage is just as good however you’ll find it more in the style of Pomerol than Médoc. Aged mostly in (expensive) new oak this seriously good red is ripe, rich and smooth.
Leads off with cedar and vanilla notes, but develops plenty of dark, chocolaty flavours on the palate, giving a sense of richness and depth. It's up there with the world's best. Decant and enjoy on special occasions. Learn More£29.50
Syrah 'Jewelstone', Mission Estate Single Vineyard, 2009Mission Estate is one of Hawke's Bays largest established wineries, with a well-respected reputation. Established in 1851 by the French Marist religious order, Mission Estate Winery is New Zealand's oldest winemaker.
This wine has a inky deep crimson colour which delivers generous flavours on the palate. Rich and mouth filling with ripe fruit, creamy oak and ripe tannins which add structure and a wonderful balance of fruit and oak. You will find plums, blueberries, a touch of liquorice, a suggestion of anise and lingering pepper on the savoury finish. Totally delicious and a very rare wine! Better than many top northern Rhone wines. Learn More£29.50