Made from 100% Pinot Noir (clones 667 (64%) and 777 (36%)), single estate fruit from the Awatere Valley, Marlborough, New Zealand.
A fabulous medium-bodied, fruit-driven red wine. Combines appealing fruit richness with a savoury undertone, displaying aromas of plums, raspberries and boyensenberries. Soft on the nose, the effect of the oak maturation is subtle, developing silky tannins. It is nicely weighted and textured on the palate with lovely generosity, the finish is lingering, spicy and delicately dry.
TIME IN OAK
The 2013 season was near perfect, one of the best on record. With good summer weather, long sunshine hours and sufficient heat units throughout the summer the fruit ripened to perfection. Fruit cropping levels were about 10% below ‘normal’. The weather gods at harvest played ball throughout the picking and well into the autumn.
The fruit was destemmed and fermented in stainless steel fermenters, where it went through fermentation using wild yeasts. The cap was plunged up to three times a day during fermentation. Once finished, it spent some time on the lees, cooled and was pressed off to barrels. It aged for 11 months in 100% new French oak barriques to enhance the tannin structure and develop a real depth of flavour and palate weight to the wine.
eRobertParker.com: 91 pts
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