2016 Marlborough Pinot Noir


Complex aroma with red fruits, vanilla and hints of baking spice and carnation. Bright cherry flavours dominate the palate which has soft melted tannins, developing a smoothly textured and intensely flavoured wine.

 


Vintage Summary

While the spring days were sunny, the nights were cold and our viti team spent many hours in the dark fighting off frosts. Summer rewarded our efforts though. It was warm and dry throughout, which also saw grape acid levels dropping quite quickly in some of the sub regions. We have an excellent spread of vineyard holdings so we took advantage of the varying terroir and captured great flavours and good acid balance.

We struck some rain early on in the harvest but it didn’t affect grape health and gave a welcome refresh to the canopies at the perfect time. The strong canopies and hot, dry conditions meant flavours were excellent and we went right on harvesting through to April.

Winemaker's Note

Complex aroma with red fruits, vanilla and hints of baking spice and carnation. Bright cherry flavours dominate the palate which has soft melted tannins, developing a smoothly textured and intensely flavoured wine.

Vinification

Small parcels of grapes were fermented separately in stainless steel tanks. Particular care was taken with cold pre-ferment maceration to encourage vibrant fruit flavours, and post-ferment maceration to balance the fruit weight with fine tannins. After malolactic fermentation was complete the parcels were aged in French oak and stainless steel tanks prior to blending and bottling.

Technical Details

Variety Pinot Noir
Food Matches Beef and game dishes
Cellaring 3 years
RS 0 g/L
Alcohol 13.5%
PH 3.78
TA 5.1g/L