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 wine is dark cherry red in colour with aromas of wild berries, cocoa and subtle hints of oak. The wild fermentation along with extended lees maturation in barrel have added complexity and texture to the lovely bright red fruit characters found on the palate. This is a supple wine with good weight and fine tannins.
Download the Pinot Noir 2012 tasting notes (PDF, 1006 KB)
The grapes for this Pinot Noir were grown in the Awatere, Brancott and Wairau Valleys and picked by hand over a 3 week period from late March when optimum ripeness was reached in each block. At the winery the fruit was destemmed into small open top fermenters and cold soaked for between 5 and 10 days. The wine was fermented completely using indigenous yeast and combined with 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 before being transferred to a combination of French oak and stainless steel barrels for maturation.