Paddy Borthwick 'Paper Road'
Wairarapa, Wairarapa, New Zealand
- New Zealand
- Pinot Noir
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Paddy Borthwick is a regular visitor to Ireland, and a firm favourite with Wines Direct
customers and staff for two reasons: his wines are excellent, and he is a charming,
easy-going guy who is great company. Paddy is a maverick whose experience in the
vineyards of France and Switzerland has made him into one of New Zealand's most
talented winemakers. His fantastic 25 ha estate is located in Martinborough (Wairarapa),
the fine food capital of New Zealand, and it fits perfectly in this region of fantastic flavour.
Let's start with the wines: his family were sheep and cattle farmers, but he had a desire to
make wine, so went to Roseworthy College in Australia, graduating with a degree in
Oenology. He then spent seven years gaining experience around the world, returning to
set up the Paddy Borthwick estate in 1996, releasing his first vintage in 1999. Paddy allows
his wines to express their terroir, as he believes his land has perfect conditions for
delivering excellent wine.
Warm daily temperatures, cool nights and low rainfall, along with free-draining soil on the
banks of the river, enhance the exceptional quality of fruit produced here. The difference
between night and day temperatures preserves the aromatic characteristics of the wines.
Like all the best winemakers, he makes wine instinctively and has the confidence to take
risks where others hedge their bets. With the 2011 harvest, for example, which followed a
cooler and wetter than usual summer, it was this confidence and experience which
allowed him to wait a bit longer than other growers in the area, let the rains pass, and pick
beautiful, ripe, flavoursome grapes.
Now, all that remains is for you to try and catch the lovely Paddy on one of his trips to
Ireland, either at a tasting or dinner around the country at Wines Direct HQ in Mullingar.
"Aroma of rose petals on the nose. On the palate, delicacy and harmony from strawberry and raspberry. Great for summer in the garden."
"Low on colour but not on perfume. A really pretty style with cherry and raspberry aromas backed up by a juicy, highly drinkable palate."
"This is beautiful from beginning to end. Glistening like a ruby in your glass, it's a fab balance between the earthy notes, fresh and baked cherries, and a gorgeous generous texture."
The 27 hectares of vines bordering the Ruamahunga River in Gladstone, Wairarapa are on stony, free draining, alluvial soils, with a micro climate giving warm daily temperatures, cool nights and low rainfall; perfect conditions for producing distinctive, quality wines.