“I had a winning Waipara moment as I climbed to the summit of The Gradient vineyard at Mountford and was rewarded with a view to take my breath away. It wasn’t a steep climb, just breath-takingly lovely when I reached the top. The Southern Alps extended as far as I could see. The Waipara Valley nestled gently in between rounded sheep-studded hills. I caught an ozone infused whiff of the southern Pacific Ocean some ten kilometres away. The light was pure New Zealand, simultaneously suffused and brilliant.
Sipping from a glass of Mountford’s stunning ‘The Gradient’ Pinot Noir, I felt transported to heaven on Earth. One of the best wines I’ve had all year in one of the world’s special places all in one day does that to me.”