Hawkes Bay, New Zealand.
Sileni Estates was born from a long-standing interest in wine by Graeme Avery. In late 1997, along with financial director Chris Cowper and winemaker Grant Edmonds, he established Sileni as an export-oriented producer, committed to crafting world-class fine wines.
The winery is named after the Sileni who featured in Greek mythology as the companions of Dionysus, the God of Wine. They celebrated good wine, good food and good company – the holy trinity here at Boutinot. The vineyards and winery are based near Hasting in, Hawke’s Bay – the oldest wine region in New Zealand, on the east coast of the North Island. The wines are precise and fruit-driven, and as well as Pinot Noir and Syrah the range includes a Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc.
Grown in cooler Hawke’s Bay sub regions, on a variety of soil types. Gravels provide structure, length and perfumed aromatics, while the clay soils provide roundness, sweet fruit and savoury characters.
Grapes were fermented in closed top stainless steel tanks, with gentle maceration via rummage and pump-overs to extract colour and tannins. Only a small portion of oak was used to highlight aromatics and provide extra richness to the palate.
The nose has an enticing note of freshly baked Bakewell tart, all homemade jam and almonds. In the mouth, it’s fresh and bright with a fine almond skin appeal. The wine remains fresh throughout with a lovely defining acidity which makes this a great food match.
Crispy duck pancakes; grilled quail; seared salmon or tuna; charcuterie, ham and other cold meats.