Entrepreneur, Sir Graeme Avery, spent more than 33 years as a leading international medical publisher. Seeking a change he founded Sileni Estates in 1997, motivated by a passion he and his wife Lady Gabrielle developed for wine and food during regular business visits to the Old World wine regions of Italy, France and Spain.
The winery’s first vintage was in 1998. Since then, the business has grown from a production of 4,000 cases, to a remarkable 760,000 cases today, making it one of the fastest growing wineries, counted among the top ten New Zealand wine producers by production volume. The company distributes wine to more than 80 global markets across Europe, the Americas, Asia and Oceania from its New Zealand headquarters.
The name, Sileni Estates, was inspired by ancient Greek mythology, the Sileni renowned for their love of wine, feasting and a good time. Accompanying the name is a symbol which appears throughout the winery architecture and on each and every bottle of Sileni wine. This symbol has come to represent everything Sileni stands for. The three angles of the triangle represent great food, great wine and great company. Enclosing the triangle is a circle, reflecting the company’s global outlook.
Sauvignon Blanc Malborough C.S. 2016
Intense aromas of tropical fruit with tones of grapefruit and gooseberry. Beautifully balanced, this wine shows a lively freshness with a long, flavoursome finish. Enjoy with grilled fish, fragrant Thai curry, or young soft cheese.
Wine Stars - 90/100
Pinot Noir "The Plateu" 2016
The nose has an enticing note of freshly baked Bakewell tart, all homemade jam and almonds. In the mouth, it's fresh and bright with a fine almond skin appeal. The wine remains fresh throughout with a lovely defining acidity which makes this a great food match.