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‘Hawk Hill’ Pinot Noir

Auntsfield continues the proud heritage of Marlborough’s first vineyard and winery established in 1873.

Our Single Block wines display qualities distinctive to grapes grown within a defined area at Auntsfield Estate. Consistent quality and character over many vintages has separated these Single Blocks out as producing our Reserve Wines.

Hawk Hill Pinot Noir – This 4 Hectare block is situated on Auntsfield’s steepest hillside where the Kahu, the native Harrier Hawks, fly the thermal air currents hunting for their prey. This old block of Pinot Noir is one of Marlborough’s oldest on Hill side plantings.

COLOUR: Deep red colour

AROMA: Berry fruit and dark plum aromas are complimented by savoury and gamey complexing characters including violets and dried spice.

PALATE: Rich and ripe on the palate. Very nice upfront weight with generous fruit and volume. Lashings of oak and tannin give this wine a bold and lengthy structure.

ANALYSIS: Alc. 14.5% | pH 3.60 | TA 5.5

WINEMAKER NOTES: The fruit for this wine was hand-picked into small baskets then carefully and diligently hand sorted to ensure that no less than perfect fruit entered the winery. This fruit was then gently destemmed and moved to tank by gravity. A combination of indigenous and cultured yeasts was nurtured through fermentation in open topped tanks. Careful use of hand plunging was used to gently extract the flavours and tannins from the skins. Maturation occurred in French barriques for approximately 15 months.

VITICULTURALIST NOTES: Vigour and fertility in this block is very low resulting from the dense Loess Clay and the lack of top soil. Vines are exposed to the strong hillside winds reducing shoot length and reducing berry size. These vines are spur pruned, then extensively shoot thinned and leaf plucked by hand to retain 18 small bunches per vine. The clones Abel, 667, 777 and 115 are blended to offer complexities of clone. However the distinct site characters of earthy, dense, rich, ripe and savoury characters prevail from the high mineral Loess Clay soils the vines grow in.

REVIEWS:

  • “Intense sweet fruit flavours with strong plum, red cherry and a suggestion of cassis plus spice and floral characters. This is a very impressive Pinot Noir with a perfectly pitched structure of ripe tannins that prevent any suggestion of cloying without inflicting any pain. Great now, even better later.” (Hawk Hill Pinot Noir 2011)

    95/100 points, BOB CAMPBELL. 2014

  • “Intense sweet fruit flavours with strong plum, red cherry and a suggestion of cassis plus spice and floral characters. This is a very impressive Pinot Noir with a perfectly pitched structure of ripe tannins that prevent any suggestion of cloying without inflicting any pain. Great now, even better later.” (Single Block Hawk Hill Pinot Noir 2011)

    94/100 points, BOB CAMPBELL. 2013

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