2016 PINOT NOIR

TASTING NOTE

Colour: Deep ruby in colour.

Bouquet: Bright, lifted, red fruit driven with Marlborough's hallmark spiciness complimented by dried herb, smokey and meaty notes in the background.

Palate: A juicy and plush Pinot Noir with pure red berry flavours. The wines cleansing acidity and fine, soft tannins are evident, characteristic of Marlborough's clay based Southern Valley soils. 

Food match: Duck and other game birds, red meats, mushroom dishes

Cellaring: Seven to ten years.

TECHNICAL DETAILS

Growing Region              Marlborough home vineyards, Settlement and Yarrum
Alcohol 13%
Acidity 4.6 g/l 
Maturation

18 months in older
French Oak barrels (35% new) 

Pinot Noir

A bright perfumed, supple expression of Marlborough pinot noir from clay hill slopes. Comprising six different pinot noir clones from vines dating back to 1983. Vines are cropped at 5 tonnes/ha (35hl/ha), hand harvested and hand sorted, prior to de-stemming (20% whole bunch included). The fruit is fermented in small stainless open top fermenters without pumping. Fermentation is conducted by indigenous yeasts over a period of 2-3 weeks prior to pressing into French oak barrels (40% new) for 18 months. Bottled without fining or filtration. 

REVIEWS

96 Points - Nick Stock, JamesSuckling.com

Impressive structure and concentration. Terrific complexity in the mix here, too. Blueberries and mixed cherries on the nose and palate with a terrific layering of plush, assertive tannins and a fresh, vibrant kick into the finish. Drink or hold. Screw cap.

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