Osawa Wines


Osawa Wines offers a select range of premium quality exclusively from grapes grown at their Maraekakaho vineyard. Along with a unique micro-climate influenced by the nearby Kaweka Ranges, soils in this region are renowned for their diversity. Osawa Wines have taken full advantage of this to select the most ideally suited individual parcels of land from within their own vineyard for each varietal: chardonnay, sauvignon blanc and pinot noir.

Osawa Wines is the vision of Japanese wine lover and traveller, Taizo Osawa, who fell under New Zealand’s spell some years ago and decided to live his dream by planting vines in this idyllic rural setting. Groundwork began in 2005, vines were planted a year later and the vineyard celebrated its first harvest in 2008. Along with neighbouring Maraekakaho wineries, Osawa has been part of the transformation of this former sheep farming area.

The Wines
 

 

CHARDONNAY 2009
Stonefruit and lime aromas lead into a palate that is balanced and elegant and fruit driven. This wine shows the benefit of an extended time on lees and is complex with nougat and mineral notes. The finish is long and bal-anced by a lively natural acidity.
Grapes were carefully hand harvested, whole bunch pressed, cold settled in tank then placed in oak for fermen-tation. Exhibiting the fruit intensity and flavours we like in Hawke’s Bay Chardonnay. After fermentation, the wine remained on yeast lees and was stirred for 4 weeks to build mouth feel and texture. It was then racked, gently fined, filtered and immediately bottled.

 

GEWÜRTRAMINER 2009
Ginger and pear aromas delight with their intensity and purity. A seamless, palate unfolds, showcasing richly textured, refreshing pear flavours, a rounded finish with a hint of minerality.
Harvest Date: 18 March 2009
Residual Sugar: Dry
Grapes were carefully harvested from Osawa’s estate vineyard,and soaked in a bin for a few hours before a long slow pressing programme. The wine was cool fermented in stainless steel tanks to emphasise its fruit char-acters. The wine was then given extended lees contact to increase complexity on the palate.
     ROSÉ 2009
Vibrant watermelon pink in colour, this Sangiovese Rosé displays aromas of ripe strawberries and cherries. The palate is fresh and fruity with excellent purity of flavour. The palate finishes with a touch of sweetness.
Harvest Date: 18 March 2009
Residual Sugar: Dry
Hand harvested 100% Sangiovese grapes were must pumped into the press and left to soak overnight on skins. Following gentle pressing the juice was settled and fined prior to racking and fermentation in tank. The fermenta-tion was kept cool to preserve freshness and aromatics. The wine was lightly fined and filtered before bottling.

For more information, please visit http://www.osawawines.co.nz