We like Pinot Noir. We could be all pompous and serious and say things like, ‘It’s the holy grail of red wines’ but it’s not that.
What we like about it is that it’s fickle, it’s a beggar to work with, yet, with Marlborough’s hot summers and long, cool autumns it’s capable of producing a stunningly expressive wine. And if we can pull that off, we’re happy.
This is a stunning example of Marlborough Pinot Noir; it's dark cheery red in colour and incredibly generous on the nose showing vibrant aromas of cheery and plum mingled with dark fruits and notes of spicy oak. The wild fermentation along with extended lees maturation in barrel have added complexity and texture to the lovely raspberry and plum characters found on the palate.
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The grapes for this Pinot Noir were grown in Marlborough’s Awatere, Brancott and Omaka Valleys by several producers passionate about the variety. At the winery I’ve used a combination of traditional and modern winemaking techniques in order to incorporate the benefits of both approaches. The fruit was destemmed into small open top fermenters and cold soaked for between 5 and 10 days, then fermented completely using indigenous yeast. Hand plunging during fermentation ensured a good extraction of colour and tannins. Portions of the blend remained on skins post fermentation, while others were pressed at dryness before being transferred to a combination of French oak barrels and stainless steel for maturation.
The judges were impressed with the inky magenta colour, highly floral complexity, nice acidity and surrounding fleshy layers edged with dried herb notes. “Long and delicious,” commented Cameron Douglas. This is an excellent example from one of Marlborough’s most exciting winemakers.
Ample spice and sarsaparilla flavors give the core of ripe, fleshy cherry and
wild berry flavors plenty of complexity. Black tea, walnut and pine needle
details crescendo on the finish. Ripe, plush and fleshy on the finish.
Drink now through 2030. 90 Points