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.
The wild fermentation along with extended lees maturation in a barrel has added complexity and texture to the palate on this Pinot Noir. This has created a supple wine with good weight and fruit intensity, which is already showing chocolate and cherry aromas mingled with hints of oak. The wine has a wonderfully vivid, violet hue.
Download the Pinot Noir 2010 tasting notes (PDF, 310 KB)
The grapes for this Pinot Noir were grown in the Awatere and Brancott Valleys and picked by hand from late March as optimum ripeness was reached in each block. The wine was fermented completely using indigenous yeast and combined with rigorous hand plunging to ensure a good extraction of colour and tannins. Portions of the blend remained on skins post fermentation, while others were pressed at dryness and then transferred to French oak and stainless steel barrels for maturation.
EXCELLENT - 2011 Marlborough Wine Show
Gold Medal - New Zealand International Wine Show 2011
4 stars 87/100 "Rich, fleshy, fruity Pinot Noir with subtly succulent plum and dark berry flavours together with a light oak influence. The texture is seductively smooth and the flavour is long and satisfying. Appealing Pinot." - Bob Campbell (July 2011)