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A koru, the Maori name given to an unfurling New Zealand fern frond, represents renewal, the unfolding of a new life and hope for the future.

With a circular shape suggesting perpetual movement, the koru's inward coil also implies a return to the point of origin. In a more abstract sense, the koru symbolises the way in which life both changes and stays the same.

True to the meaning of the word essence, this range of wines reflects the heart and soul of what consumers around the world have long known: the most pure expression of New Zealand is found in its wines. Crafted by a winemaker with an innate knowledge and sense of the New Zealand terroir, the essenze range includes a Central Otago Pinot Noir, Waipara Pinot Gris and Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc.


The wines selected for the essenze Regional Range embrace the contemporary uniqueness and quality of winemaking in New Zealand's South Island. Featuring the most popular varietals from New Zealand, the essenze Regional Range has been crafted by Corey Ryan, a winemaker with an innate knowledge and sense of the New Zealand terroir. Premium parcels of fruit have been carefully selected, gently handpicked and slowly blended to develop varietals that will be regarded as benchmarks for their regions.

Sauvignon Blanc and the Marlborough region of New Zealand's South Island have a 30 year love affair warmed by plentiful, soft sunshine that nurtures a long, slow ripening period. Combine this with deep layers of free-draining shingle and the resultant wine is exquisite to taste.

Four hours south of Marlborough, the Waipara region of New Zealand's South Island has been quietly building a reputation for pristine, aromatic Pinot Gris. Located at the foot of the Southern Alps, vineyards grow in gravel, limestone and clay loams, creating a pearlescent colour in the wine and delivering gentle pear and almond flavours.

From the southern tip of New Zealand, Central Otago has emerged as the world's southernmost wine region and a rising star of exceptional, world renowned Pinot Noir. Within challenging conditions and a dramatic landscape the key to this success is fruit grown on carefully selected vineyard sites along ancient mountainous slopes and valleys. Our wine is made from blending individual parcels giving this Pinot Noir a wider flavour profile of intense fruit and divine structural acid balance.

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The Essenze flagship wine is the rich and complex Essenze The Damkeeper Central Otago Pinot Noir.

Posted at a small, isolated hut, the Damkeeper would let water down each day to the goldfields. Paying reverence to the area's gold mining past, this wine is made with only small, hand selected parcels. Showing spicy, dark cherry aromas and a rich palate of superb length, this Pinot Noir reflects the best of the region's new gold.

When looking for a special vineyard site, our winemakers looked to the very new Bendigo sub-region of Central Otago. The region has a unique gentle north facing slope, ideal for ripening the challenging Pinot Noir variety. Utilising natural fermentation and traditional hand plunging techniques has created an exciting Pinot Noir of richness and complexity.

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