A bright perfumed, supple expression of Marlborough pinot noir from clay hill slopes. The fruit is supported by dried herb and characteristic brown spice notes and complex smokiness. The palate has a dense core of juicy fruit and bold, fine grained, ripe tannins. This wine has all the makings of a long lived Marlborough pinot noir and matches perfectly with duck, red meats (particularly venison and lamb), and mushroom dishes.
Comprising six different pinot noir clones from vines dating back to 1983. Vines are cropped at 5 tonnes/ha (35hl/ha), hand harvested and hand sorted, prior to de-stemming (25% whole bunch included). The fruit is fermented in small stainless open top fermenters without pumping. Fermentation is conducted by indigenous yeasts over a period of 2-3 weeks prior to pressing into French oak barrels (35% new) for 18 months. Bottled without fining or filtration.