Perfect weather in Martinborough during flowering in December 2010 resulted in an ideal crop which required extensive thinning (green harvest). A normal warm dry summer followed creating the distinctive Escarpment style showing complexity, attractive texture and the perfect mix of black, red and green fruit flavours for which Pinot Noir is celebrated. The fruit was hand harvested, then gently handled without pumping until it was pressed. Hand plunged every 12 hours then left to macerate on skins for an average vat time of 16 days. It has been aged completely in French oak barriques, of which 25% were new, for 11 months.
- NZ - Martinborough
- New Zealand
"Attractively scented with lifted floral, red berry and sweet cherry on the nose and a pleasing suggestion of savoury, toasty, smoky character energing on the palate. Vibrant, supple wine with a great texture and long finish." 95 Points Bob Campbell MW - Gourmet Traveller Wine
Fruit gets picked by hand, light work in the winery with only hand plunging, and 18 days on skins. Aged in 30% new French oak for 11 months.
Fine, just fleshy texture, elegant, seamless, and good to drink, but feels like a ‘quiet wine’ - a celebration of subtlety over overtness, which is appealing when done well. Has great pinosity without being indivdiual – all bits tucked in. There is great glide and satiny texture. Finishes with gentle chalky pucker. Seamless wine. This will tick many boxes for pinot fans. Rating 92 - Mike Bennie, Wine Front (26/MAY/2013)
Winery Tasting Notes
Perfume, elegant fruit flavours, and soft ripe tannins are all hallmarks of this exceptional Pinot Noir.
Inspired by the classic wines of Burgundy, this Pinot noir is a tribute to Martinborough’s unique terroir. It will cellar gracefully for up to 10 years. Drink between 2015 - 2020