Thanks to a warm growing season, flowering was healthy and plentiful. Selective fruit thinning ensured all fruit ripened completely and concentrated flavours could be naturally achieved. Extra care was taken at leaf plucking for controlled sunlight on the berries to avoid over exposure – and the associated ‘boiled jam’ characters. The fruit was hand harvested in the cool of the morning and delivered to our on-site winery in ideal condition.
- NZ - Marlborough
- New Zealand
“Fullish ruby-red colour with some youthful purple hues. This has a very harmoniously integrated, fragrant nose with aromas of ripe, dark raspberry fruit with subtle kirsch and liquorice detail, along with dark herbs, red florals and oak toast nuances. Medium-full bodied, the flavours of dark red berry fruits are evenly presented and build in concentration. The fruit richness and succulence is framed by refined tannin structure and the palate flows with good weight, texture and drive. This has balance and an attractive completeness, carrying through to a gentle, soft finish. This is a fine-grained, fragrant, red-fruited Pinot Noir with a harmonious and complete mouthfeel. Match with poultry and pork over the next 5-6 years.” 18/20 – Raymond Chan, 2013
“Ten different clones (including their ‘DRC Abel’ clone) have been used in the creation of this stunning pinot noir. It boasts gorgeous aromas of baked cherries, dusty old books, pot pourri and exotic spices. It tastes of wild, smoke-infused hedgerow fruit and has a velvety, juicy mouthfeel. It’s one of those pinots that has powerful presence and personality, and while drinking beautifully now, it’ll reward another couple of years in the cellar”. 5 stars – Yvonne Lorkin, 2014
Winery Tasting Notes
Bright ruby red in colour
The 2011 vintage has pronounced aromas of fresh, dark cherries, cedar wood and a hint of cinnamon.
The palate is finely textured with layers of rich red plum & white pepper intermingling.
With a great backbone stemming from the clay rich soil, this Pinot is easily going to see a long lifespan with cellaring potential for at least a decade. That’s if you can wait, until then this wine will no doubt benefit from some decanting.