2016 'Wairau' Marlborough Pinot Noir
Vineyard & Winemaking
‘Single Vineyard’ Marlborough Pinot Noir harvested from the volcanic greywacke rocks of the ‘Wairau' vineyard in New Zealand’s Marlborough region. This vineyard is sited on an ancient riverbed, and produces low crops of quality fruit. The 2016 growing season was defined by good crops, dry conditions in Spring and Summer, high sunshine hours and warmer than usual temperatures in Autumn.
Hand sorted, gently crushed to a small vat, ‘wild-yeast’ fermentation, hand plunged, extended maceration on skins, with minimal filtration and stabilisation, aged eirghteen months in French oak barrels, hand labelled, with no compromise on quality.
Deep red colour, with aromas of raspberry, boysenberry and toasty oak, the palate is precise, rich, mouth filling with flavours of berry cocktail and dark chocolate, and an earthy complexity, fine tannins and linear acidity - powerful in a subtle way.