A brilliant organic, elegant and understated Pinot Noir from Malborough, New Zealand. -----
Exhibits bright, fragrant berry-fruit aromas, interlaced with spice and herbal notes. The wine is focused and concentrated, with a succulent fruit core, framed by fine-grained tannins and a mouthwatering acidity. An elegant and understated style with immediate appeal, but structure to last.
Country: New Zealand
Grapes: Pinot Noir
The fruit comes mostly from our clay-rich hillside Raupo Creek vineyard in the Omaka Valley, with a small amount also from the alluvial shingles of our Tatou vineyard and the Noa vineyard, which is made up of Waimakariri type soils of alluvial origin.
Fruit was hand-sorted, destemmed and cooled. After pre-fermentation steeping, the juice was warmed and fermented with wild yeast, and the caps hand-plunged daily during fermentation. The wine was left on skins for 2 weeks of post-ferment maceration, then drained, lightly pressed and transferred to French oak barriques, of which 12% were new. The wine went through natural malolactic fermentation during 11 months maturation, before it was bottled unfiltered and unfined.