Lauregan Wines

Makers of fine Pinot Noir

Philosophy

Great wine is made from great grapes. Or in other words, “you can’t make a silk purse out of a sow’s ear”. This underpins our wine making philosophy, great wine is made in the vineyard. No matter how clever a winemaker can be, he or she cannot produce great wine out of ordinary grapes. Great grapes cannot be mass produced, they require hands on devotion which can only be achieved in very limited quantities.

Our aim is to produce a special quality wine that is distinctive, unique, rich and luxurious. To achieve such quality, we decided to limit our vineyard size and the grape volume it could produce so that we can ensure that the high standards of production in both the vineyard and the winery are maintained through our direct involvement in all processes.

Origins

Expert advice indicated that Pinot Noir was an excellent choice for our land.

Nobody could have imagined what a great location this would be for creating great Pinot Noir when all around there were only hillsides being grazed by sheep and cattle. The conventional wisdom was dubious of planting grapes on clay soils and to plant on a hillside where terracing was required and care of the grapes is more demanding was considered too hard. People believed that quality grapes could only come from river gravels without the knowledge that some of the top quality, highly priced pinot noir wines from Burgundy are produced from clay based soils.

With a firm belief in our land, we planted our first pinot noir in 2008. Since then our insight has been rewarded with beautifully ripe grapes from the wonderful vintage of 2013, our very first, and continues to be confirmed with more quality vintages. We look forward to growing our reputation as the vines age and we build upon our knowledge and understanding gained from each different vintage as to how to create the best grapes and wine possible.

Pinot Noir has proven to be perfect for the site. Our terroir and commitment produce a rich, intense, masculine Pinot Noir with great body and structure, a wine to savour and with the longevity to cellar.

Italian Mouth of Truth – the logo of Lauregan Wines

La Bocca della Verità

Our desire to produce top level wine founded on the substance of the product has prompted us to choose the ancient roman artefact, la bocca della verità, the mouth of truth, as our symbol.

It is a large circular piece of marble about 2 metres in diameter and 100 mm thick and was originally used in pre-Christian Rome as a means to extract the “truth”. The accused was required to place his hand in the mouth of the face while being questioned. If the powers that be decided the accused was guilty of the alleged wrong, the nod was given and the wretch lost his hand to a sharp blade behind the face. When it comes to wine, contrary to the circumstances where the powers that be dictated the truth, the truth is evident only to the drinker when the glass comes to the mouth, when the wine has been tasted. The symbol we have chosen serves to remind us of this.

The Vineyard

Area Planted
Approximately 4 acres
Clones
Abel, 5, 114, 115, 667, 777
Row Spacing
1.4 metres
Plant Spacing
1.5 metres
Soil Type
loam topsoil over clay over sedimentary rock
Altitude
Approximately 175 meters
Co-ordinates
39°51’18.5”S, 176°50’04.8”E

Our vineyard sits in the hills of the northern end of Central Hawkes Bay. Being up in altitude with a more hilly terrain, it is significantly cooler than the Heretaunga plains of Hawkes Bay.

We’ve planted on a north west facing slope towards the bottom of a narrow valley. This contributes to grape quality but in the spring we often have to fight quite severe frosts. While in the summer we enjoy heat in the shelter of the valley, summer nights are generally cool. Pinot Noir likes the heat by day and the cool of the night.

Narrow rows running across the face of a hill have meant that most work is done by hand except for mowing and spraying by my custom built machine. Even the 3 to 4 kilometres of terraces had to be dug in by hand. Every plant and every shoot gets a lot of individual attention in order to achieve the open canopy as seen on our home screen. From the removal of excess buds right at the start of the spring to the removal of sub-standard fruit at the end of the season, each plant would get at least a dozen personal visits.

To maximise flavour and texture, fruit production is strictly limited. Only one bunch per shoot is the rule, where excess bunches are removed as soon as possible after the fruit is formed. In some years, plant yield has been less than 500g per plant. No irrigation is applied. Fruit that shows any sign of defect or is slower to mature is removed. There is no production target. Only the best fruit is retained at harvest and only our own fruit is used in our wines.

Our methodology results in production yields quite similar to the Grand Crus of Burgundy. It is also interesting to note that many of the Grand Cru vineyards are tiny like ours.

Wine Making

Every year is going to be different. No matter what you do, you cannot escape or manipulate nature. Although the season will have a major influence on the nature of the wine, it will still be built on the foundation of the site: its soils, its aspect, its terroir. Underlying every vintage, the signature of our single vineyard from which all our grapes are sourced will be present, even though there will be variations from year to year. It is clear, however, that the quality of wine is determined by the quality of grape.

The process is kept simple, with the objective to extract the full potential of the grape.

Small batches, pre-fermentation soaking, hand plunging, post fermentation maceration and basket pressing by hand prepare the wine for maturation in oak. Seasoned oak and new oak barrels are used. After about 9 months, the barrels are blended to achieve the best balance of flavour and structure. Clarification is achieved by racking. Fining, filtration and cold stabilisation are not employed. (There is one exception where the 2014 Pinot Noir was fined using egg whites.)

Our wine style is determinedly towards the camp of fully structured and richly flavoured wines that will be long lived and improve with age. The site terroir pushes us in this direction and our wine making tends to follow. It seems logical to produce the style that we personally prefer.

We are not organic or biodynamic but our practices reflect a firm conviction in sustainable production. As a small grower and producer our impact on the environment is negligible.

Our high standards and the hands on nature of our way of doing things are demanding. We certainly don’t have economies of scale but we do have the opportunity to optimise the qualities of each small batch. The reward is in the creation of a hand crafted wine that is unique and authentic.

Wine for Sale

Lauregan Pinot Noir 2016

Lauregan Wines Pinot Noir 2016

This is a masculine PInot Noir with a well-developed fine grained tannin structure, dark cherry and pronounced savoury notes.

Cellaring: is expected to cellar well until up to 2030, showing its best from 2023 to 2028.
Unfiltered, not fined and may contain sediment. Decanting for 1 to 2 hours is recommended to give the wine ample air to bring out its best.

Data:
Yield - 0.757 kg per plant
3334 bottles produced *
Brix – 24.2
pH – 3.54
TA – 6.83 g/L

Lauregan Pinot Noir 2014

Lauregan Wines Pinot Noir 2014 wine bottle

This is a full, soft, layered Pinot Noir with spicy red fruit, plums and liquorice ona grainy-textured palate.

Cellaring: will continue to develop over the next 3-4 years.
Unfiltered, not fined and may contain sediment. Decanting for 1 to 2 hours is recommended to give the wine ample air to bring out its best.

Data:
yield - 0.790 kg / plant
3600 bottles produced*
Brix – 23.3
pH – 3.54
TA – 6.5g/L

Lauregan Pinot Noir 2013

Lauregan Wines Pinot Noir 2013 wine bottle

This is a rich and powerful black-fruited Pinot Noir with iron-earth and mineral notes and great vitality.

Cellaring: will mature and develop in character and complexity beyond 2025
Unfiltered, not fined and may contain sediment. Decanting for 1 to 2 hours is recommended to give the wine ample air to bring out its best.

Data:
yield - 0.524 kg / plant
2400 bottles produced*
Brix – 24.6
pH – 3.52
TA – 5.8g/L
*numbers quoted are 750 ml bottle equivalents, some 375 bottles have been produced


Purchase

Lauregan Wines is focussing on the export market, principally in Sydney and Guiyang, China. If you would like to purchase our product in New Zealand please contact us directly at mdold@laureganwines.co.nz

Purchasing in Australia
There are numerous retail outlets that sell our products in Sydney. Check the list below to find the most convenient for you.

Name Address Phone
Augusta Cellars 6/63 Veterans Parade, Collaroy Plateau, 2097 9982 5713
Barny's Fine Wines & Ales 20/741 Botany Road, Rosebery, 2018 9699 2213
Ben Buckler Cellars 39 Campbell Parade, Bondi Beach, 2026 9130 2094
Bilgola Cellars 8/1 Bilambee Road, Bilgola Plateau, 2107 9918 9169
Bourke Street Wine Shop 830 Bourke Street, Waterloo, 2017 8313 9148
Camperdown Cellars Bronte 120-128 Macpherson Street, Bronte, 2024 9389 2940
Camperdown Cellars Camperdown 140 Paramatta Road, Camperdown, 2050 9517 2000
Camperdown Cellars Cremorne 45A Spofforth Street, Cremorne, 2090 9953 1331
Camperdown Cellars Darlinghurst 233 Victoria Street, Darlinghurst, 2010 9380 6133
Camperdown Cellars Double Bay 9 William Street, Double Bay, 2028 9363 3406
Camperdown Cellars Kingston Road 21 Kingston Road, Camperdown, 2050 9519 3341
Camperdown Cellars Neutral Bay 64 Clark Road, Neutral Bay, 2060 9957 3662
Chambers Cellars Avalon 35 Avalon Parade, Avalon, 2107 9918 3207
Chambers Cellars McMahons Point 121 Blues Point Road, McMahons Point, 2060 9955 4704
Chambers Cellars Tramsheds T2/1A The Crescent, Forest Lodge, 2037 9188 4385
Supercellars Kingston, Churchills Bar 532 Anzac Parade, Kingsford, 2032 9663 3648
Corkscrew Cellars Rose Bay 93 O'Sullivan Road, Rose Bay, 2029 9327 4027
David's Cellars Taylor Street 36 Taylor Street, Annandale, 2038 8095 8393
David's Cellars Unwins Bridge 292 Unwins Bridge Road, Sydenham, 2044 8065 4133
Elizabeth Bay Cellars 76 Elizabeth Road, Elizabeth Bay, 2011 9358 1688
Enmore Fine Wines 152 Enmore Road, Newtown, 2042 9557 3466
Field Blend Wine and Cheese 207 Darling Street, Balmain, 2041 9810 0122
Liquor on Oxford 99 Oxford Street, Darlinghurst, 2010 9357 5995
Little Bottler Mona Vale (Fleet Street) 1755 Pittwater Road, Mona Vale, 2103 9999 3055
Manly Bottler 208 Pittwater Road, Manly, 2095 9977 7784
Mishas Fine Wines 237 Oxford Street, Darlinghurst, 2010 9331 3064
Oak Barrel 152 Elizabeth Street, Sydney, 2000 9264 3022
Palm Beach Wine Company 1109 Barrenjoey Road, Palm Beach, 2108 9974 4304
Park House Mona Vale 2 Park Steet, Mona Vale, 2103 8998 3000
Platinum Liquor Bellevue Hill 25A Bellevue Road, Bellevue Hill, 2023 9389 3875
Potts Point Liquor & Deli 91 MacLeay Street, Potts Point, 2011 9358 3155
Randwick Cellars 179 Alison Road, Randwick, 2013 9399 5444
Vine Providore 780 Bourke Street, Redfern, 2016 9310 5454
Walsh Bay Cellars 16 Hickson Road, Dawes Point, 2000 9251 4647
Wine Culture 23 Babbage Road, Roseville Chase, 2069 9882 1488
Woollahra Hotel Bottle Shop 116 Queen Street, Woollahra, 2025 9327 9715

 

Purchasing in China
Contact Qian Yong Li of Guizhou Lifestyle Limited, telephone +86 1388 510 6599


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