Hawke’s Bay, New Zealand

  Winemaker: Grant Edmonds Sileni has a state-of-the-art winery in the Hawke’s Bay region of New Zealand. It is designed to crush over 1000 tonnes of fruit using both high-tech and traditional methods. Gentle air-bag presses and temperature-controlled tanks give precise control of grape juice quality, while open top red wine fermenters and cool barrel cellars provide for more time-honoured techniques. Chief Winemaker Grant Edmonds leads a team of winemakers including Nigel Davies and Eleanor Dodd, with combined vintage experience spanning Bordeaux, Burgundy, Alsace, Oregon, Australia and Chile. Vineyard managers Jim Webster (Plateau vineyard) and Pat Watson (Triangle vineyards) have now completed planting of the 106 hectares of estate vineyards. Their understanding of grape growing and commitment to providing the best fruit forms the basis of the Sileni wine quality. They are all passionate about the ability of Hawke’s Bay to produce world-class wines.  Shelftalkers  Winery Website  
sileni-sbMarlborough Sauvignon Blanc
Ripe tropical gooseberry and passionfruit flavors with a zippy finish. Sauvignon Blanc is sourced from Sileni’s Marlborough vineyards with a range of soil types including gravels, silt and clay loam. The different characteristics of these sites provide depth and complexity of flavor in the wines. Cool fermented in stainless steel with a range of yeast types to retain the aromatic fruit characters, this wine is bottled young to preserve the fresh, vibrant style.

2013 - 89 points Wine Spectator
sileni-chardHawke's Bay Chardonnay
Sourced from Sileni’s Hawke’s Bay vineyards with a range of soil types including gravels, silt and clay loam. The different characteristics of these sites provide depth and complexity of flavor in the wines. A portion of the juice for this wine was fermented in French oak barriques, with the remaining done in tank to retain more fruit driven characters. After partial Malolactic fermentation, the wine was left to mature on yeast lees to develop more complexity.
sileni-pnHawke's Bay Pinot Noir
The Sileni Cellar Selection Pinot Noir has concentrated black cherry and dark berry aromas which follow through to the palate where dark berry fruit and cherry flavors are supported by soft tannins. This is a ripe and deeply colored food wine, designed for early drinking but capable of cellaring for 3-5 years.