18th September 2009

Gold Medal Awarded as Debut Reserve Range Released!




The Cypress Terraces Chardonnay 2008 scored Gold at the 2009 NZ International Wine Challenge which announced its medal winners this week.  It is now in the running for the ultimate accolade of Champion Chardonnay which will be revealed during a gala dinner tomorrow night at Auckland’s Crowne Plaza.  The gold medal comes just one week after receiving a five-star rating in five major regional newspapers on its debut release.

Planted eight years ago, Gus Lawson’s vineyard overlooks the world-renown Gimblett Gravels district and takes its name from the Cypress trees studding the rows.  It’s a tiny, vertigo-inducing, terraced, two-hectare hillside block that’s home to a few rows of syrah, viognier and chardonnay which Gus believes are destined for great things.

Cypress now celebrates the debut release of their first reserve wines in the Terraces range.
The fruit for which is sourced exclusively from a site that, prior to planting, was extremely marginal, erosion-prone farmland.  “The unique terroir of our site means the vines are producing tiny bunches in parched, sun-scorched soils.   The berries have ended up with such intense flavour concentration that I’m convinced all the hard-graft has been worth it” Gus says. 

“Last year the first wines from our Estate range were released and we quickly gained some fantastic restaurant and retail listings” explains Gus’ wife Melanie who’s been doing much of the sales and marketing legwork.  “So the time is right to bring out the Terraces”.
“The estate wines are produced from our stony soil parcels around the base of our hill and are typically blended with fruit from our hillside vineyards” says Gus “they’re ripe, approachable, everyday wines, however the single-vineyard Terraces wines are at a different level entirely and really reflect the unique terroir and biodiversity of our steep hillside site”. 

Each of Gus and Melanie’s wines are created by hand using centuries-old techniques both in the vineyard and in the winery.  “People thought I was mad doing this” Gus says, “then they taste the wine”.

Cypress Terraces Chardonnay 2008 $29.99
Cypress Terraces Viognier 2008 $29.99

Cypress Terraces Syrah 2007 $39.99

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or from Vintage Wines & Spirits New Zealand