Along the length of our North and South Islands, the cool clear waters of the Pacific Ocean carve deep natural coves into the landscape. Intriguing for its unrivalled
tranquillity, this spectacular eastern coastline of New Zealand is also renowned for its exceptional wines. In these beautiful, but harsh, conditions our vines struggle for survival, producing low yields of high quality fruit with concentrated flavours.
Overall, the South Island had a sensational growing season over the 2016 vintage. It was one beautifully clear day after the other, warm and sunny with little rainfall. However we still experienced cool nights during the ripening period which helped to develop intense fruit flavours in the grapes. These conditions ensured healthy, clean vine canopies and fruit packed with flavour and intensity across all varieties.
The low yielding vines were harvested at optimal ripeness. The parcels were cold were inoculated with selected yeasts to enhance varietal character. A fast, hot fermentation proceeded with regular plunging which has helped to craft a wine with elegance and balance. The parcels were gently pressed off after fermentation, and aged with French oak while undergoing malolactic fermentation. The wine was then blended, stabilised and filtered prior to bottling.
Winemaker Tasting Notes
This Pinot Noir is brimming with flavours of ripe berry fruit and savoury notes, which integrate well creating a beautifully balanced wine.
Harvest Date: 31st March – 27th April 2016
Vineyard: Marlborough and Nelson
Residual Sugar: 1.8g/l
Total Acidity: 4.8
Pairing: Enjoy on its own, or match with duck, lamb, venison and veal dishes.
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