Latest News - Sileni Estates Winery - Hawkes Bay

By: Sileni  05-Apr-2012
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Sileni Estates have received an unprecedented medal haul at Selections Mondiales des vins Canada – North America’s largest wine competition.

Selections Mondiales des vins Canada began in 1983 and is one of the oldest and most important wine competitions in the world. The 2011 competition received 1,620 entries from around the world, including 33 entries from New Zealand.

Sileni Estates is the only New Zealand winery to receive 4 medals including 3 Gold and 1 Silver. The award winning wines are:
Sileni Estate Selection The Lodge Chardonnay 2010 – GOLD
Sileni Estate Selection The Straits Sauvignon Blanc 2010 - GOLD
Sileni Cellar Selection Pinot Gris 2010 – GOLD
Sileni Estate Selection The Triangle Merlot 2009 – SILVER

Graeme Avery, Sileni CEO & Owner says “we are absolutely thrilled with the four medals Sileni received at Selection Mondiales des vins Canada.  This is one of the world’s most influential wine competitions and to perform so well up against wines from the all over the world reinforces Sileni’s commitment to making world class fruit forward New Zealand wines.  We are especially excited about the Gold medal awarded to our Cellar Selection Pinot Gris, a wine with wide distribution throughout Canada and that is quickly gaining wide appeal throughout the world.” 

Chief Winemaker Grant Edmonds commented that “although New Zealand Sauvignon Blanc consistently does well at international competitions, it is great to see this recognition as well for Chardonnay and Pinot Gris from Hawke’s Bay, where these varietals develop depth and complexity to complement the fruit flavours. It is also particularly gratifying to achieve a good result for Merlot, which is the unsung hero of New Zealand red wines and beginning to get the respect it deserves.”

Sileni Estates wines can be found in 55 markets and is continually growing, the above medals assist in showcasing our international acclaim to world class wines.


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You may be familiar with the unexplained phenomenon of crop circles – but what about triangles?

Located in the heart of the Triangle, the staff of Sileni Estates arrived at the winery this morning to find a lush green triangle had appeared overnight within the iconic triangle that forms the centre of Sileni’s award winning grounds.

Surrounded by what appears to be dying brown grass, Chief Winemaker Grant Edmonds comments, “We are completely perplexed. We had certainly heard of crop circles but hadn’t heard of crop triangles. Perhaps our friends from outer space have tired of circles and developed an interest in good red wine from this triangle shaped sub region of Hawke’s Bay.” 

The mystery triangle certainly has the team at Sileni scratching their heads and they would welcome feedback from any UFO watchers who can help to explain this puzzling phenomenon.

26 May, 2010

Sileni Estates is delighted to announce the introduction of a trio of sparkling wines to our already impressive range.

The wines are a more traditional 

made from Chardonnay, an aromatic 

and a delicious

.  All three wines are made for current drinking and make great chilled aperitifs.  They are just off dry, as sparkling wines go, with subtle flavour and a clean, fresh finish, making them very food friendly as well.  We have also finished them with the Zork, a brilliant stopper that can be resealed and won't allow any of the negatives of cork taint or oxidation to ruin the moment.  Don't wait for a special occasion - celebrate with a bottle from our new Sparkling Series today!


has had recent international success, being awarded 89 Points in the May edition of Wine Spectator Magazine in the USA.

'Bright & zippy, with lime and star fruit flavours that keep welling up as the finish lingers'.

89 Points, Harvey Steiman, Wine Spectator, USA, 31 May, 2010


Ruby, carmine and velvet, midway in depth, on a par with Coleraine.  Is this the finest Cabernet Franc so far made in New Zealand?  I think so, for the winemaker has respected the fruit by not swamping it with oak, as most producers have done previously.  Instead the wondrous red rose florality and red berry fruits of cabernet franc dominate the bouquet.  This wine is pleasing on the palate, helped by seeming not quite bone dry (the actual figure is well within the range considered 'dry' in reds).  The quality of red fruits is superb, the oak subtle and potentially cedary, the wine truly an interim New Zealand benchmark for caberent franc, subtle and fine rather than big and clumsy / oaky.  It is not a big wine, more on the scale of the Cheval Blanc, but the physiological maturity, and quality of oaking to reveal rather than obscure the variety, is exciting.  It will be absolutely essential stock for education and training purposes, and lectures and tastings, quite apart from drinking.  This wine is a revelation.  Cellar 5 - 12 years.

Geoff Kelly,, 2010

We were delighted to welcome Orton Catering to Sileni over the winter and have been working with them to establish a new function and events centre at Sileni.

In addition, we are delighted with the spectacular new purpose built Estate Marquee set among the vines it is the perfect venue for larger functions, events and weddings.


Sileni Estates in China

With Sileni's growing export sales, more and more time is being spent on the road supporting both our established and burgeoning markets.  China is one such burgeoning market where the export potential for high quality New Zealand products, including wine, is huge.  New Zealand's recently signed free trade agreement with China has resulted in many New Zealand companies, including Sileni, looking to China as an area of real growth potential.

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Parkhill Farm

Sileni Estates are proud to be working with Parkhill Farm based in Haumoana, Hawke's Bay in the management of the vineyard land within this most unique environment. Parkhill Farm is a relaxed living settlement within a fully managed pastoral farm and vineyard. Parkhill Farm boasts 71 hectres of land area, 35 freehold sections with no further subdivision, elevated sites – most with sea views and 48 hectares of vineyard and farm available for walking - amongst many other features.

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