Wine match

Element - - Food - By Yvonne Lorkin

Since their very first vin­tage in 1998, Sileni Es­tates has carved out a rep­u­ta­tion for pro­duc­ing not just im­pres­sive reds, but sen­sa­tional wines right across the spec­trum. From their sta­teof-the-art win­ery out in Hawke’s Bay’s ‘Red Tri­an­gle’ district, they crush over 1500 tonnes of grapes each year, and it’s all done with sus­tain­abil­ity in mind both out in the vine­yard and in the win­ery it­self. Sileni’s owner, Graeme Avery, is an ex­pe­ri­enced en­tre­pre­neur who never does any­thing at less than a mil­lion miles an hour, and with­out 100% ded­i­ca­tion. But while Sileni can be viewed as an es­tab­lished, suc­cess­ful brand, Avery would be the first to ad­mit that in this com­pet­i­tive and un­set­tled mar­ket the sec­ond you sit back and rest on your lau­rels is the minute you’re over­taken, eat­ing dust in­stead of earn­ing dol­lars. Bust­ing out with a 100% Caber­net Franc re­flects some of that risk-tak­ing at­ti­tude – it’s not a com­mon choice amongst red lovers – yet. But I’m hop­ing that’ll change be­cause

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