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 Pinot Noir is very generous on the nose, showing vibrant aromas of dark cherry, raspberry and plum combined with spicy oak notes. It has an impressive concentration of flavour and a nice acid backbone. The finish is dry with a nice touch of dark chocolate and subtle French oak coming through.
Download the Pinot Noir 2015 tasting notes (PDF, 954 KB)
The grapes for this Pinot Noir were grown in Marlborough’s Awatere, Brancott and Omaka Valleys by several producers passionate about the variety. The fruit was harvested by hand and machine over a 3 week period from late March as and when optimum ripeness was reached in each block. At the winery Jules 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.
Fragrant and ebullient, with caramel and vanilla bean accents to
the core of ripe black cherry and plum flavors, balanced by velvety
tannins and dark chocolate nuances. Expressive and generous
on the long finish. Drink now through 2026. 93/100 Points.