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Pinot Noir

Our Single Vineyard wines are made from grapes grown at Auntsfield Estate. Each wine shows the distinctive characteristics of ripeness, texture and minerality – qualities unique to the ancient Greywacke rock and Loess clay soils of the vineyard. Pinot Noir holds a special place in our hearts. We grow the grapes and make this wine with particular care and attention. The resulting wines are distinctive for their lifted aromatics, silky mouth feel and the powerful expression of pure fruit, ripe tannin and balanced oak.

COLOUR: Deep ruby

AROMA: Dark cherry, blackberry and floral aromas are complimented by more savoury aromas of dark chocolate, forest floor and cigar box.

PALATE: The palate of this wine shows a rich silky texture which is full and concentrated. Interwoven flavours of spice, dark fruit and savoury characters are revealed by a succulent and fine tannin structure. The structure of this wine is tight, yet rich and full with seamless length.

ANALYSIS: Alc. 14.0% | pH 3.54 | TA 5.5

WINEMAKER NOTES

This wine was made with a minimalist philosophy, designed to enable the characteristics of the grapes and the vineyard to be revealed. The fruit was hand-harvested, hand-sorted, gently destemmed and gravity-fed to tank. Fermented with a combination of indigenous and cultured yeasts, careful hand plunging was utilised to gently extract flavours and tannins from the skins. Maturation occurred in French oak barriques for approximately 10 months.

VITICULTURALIST NOTES

The 2015 season offered up many challenges but particularly a cold windy Spring which reduced yields to very low levels. This fruit developed through a warm summer and mild weather during the harvest period, allowing the fruit to ripen to optimal levels in the cool and settled Autumn conditions. A season of low crops and incredible fruit ripeness and intensity.

COLOUR: Deep ruby

AROMA: Dark cherry, blackberry and floral aromas are complimented by more savoury aromas of dark chocolate, forest floor and cigar box.

PALATE: The palate of this wine shows a rich silky texture which is full and concentrated. Interwoven flavours of spice, dark fruit and savoury characters are revealed by a succulent and fine tannin structure. The structure of this wine is tight, yet rich and full with seamless length.

ANALYSIS: Alc. 14.0% | pH 3.51 | TA 5.1

WINEMAKER NOTES

This wine was made with a minimalist philosophy, designed to enable the characteristics of the grapes and the vineyard to be revealed. The fruit was hand-harvested, hand-sorted, gently destemmed and gravity-fed to tank. Fermented with a combination of indigenous and cultured yeasts, careful hand plunging was utilised to gently extract flavours and tannins from the skins. Maturation occurred in French oak barriques for approximately 10 months.

VITICULTURALIST NOTES

The 2014 season was characterised by naturally low yields and warm settled weather with very little rainfall. Autumn produced cool and settled conditions which were some of the best seen in many years. This ripened small berried Pinot Noir with near perfect small to medium sized bunches.

COLOUR: Deep ruby

AROMA: Dark cherry, blackberry and Doris plum aromas are complimented by more savoury aromas of dark chocolate, forest floor, cigar box and floral notes.

PALATE: The palate of this wine shows a rich silky texture which is full and concentrated. Interwoven flavours of spice, dark fruit and savoury characters are revealed by a succulent and fine tannin structure. The structure of this wine is tight, yet rich and full with seamless length.

ANALYSIS: Alc. 14.5% | pH 3.55 | TA 5.6

Winemaker Notes
This wine was made with a minimalist philosophy, designed to enable the characteristics of the grapes and the vineyard to be revealed. The fruit was hand-harvested, hand-sorted, gently destemmed and gravity-fed to tank. Fermented with a combination of indigenous and cultured yeasts, careful hand plunging was utilised to gently extract flavours and tannins from the skins. Maturation occurred in French oak barriques for approximately 10 months.

Viticulturalist Notes
The 2013 season was characterised by naturally low yields and warm settled weather with very little rainfall. Autumn produced cool and settled conditions which were some of the best seen in many years. This ripened small berried Pinot Noir with near perfect small to medium sized bunches.

REVIEWS:

  • “Fleshy and complex, this is a powerful, deeply coloured red, mouthfilling and sweet-fruited, with concentrated, vibrant cherry, plum and spice flavours showing lovely depth and harmony. It’s already delicious.” (Single Vineyard Pinot Noir 2013)

    Michael Cooper. October, 2015

  • “Big, rich and strongly fruit-focused Pinot Noir with ripe Black doris plum, dark cherry, blackcurrant, vanilla, liquorice and spicy oak flavours with a seasoning of spice. Delicious now but with the potential to develop greater complexity in the years ahead. Drink 2015 to 2021.” (Single Vineyard Pinot Noir 2013) Ranked 4 of 76 2013 Pinot Noir tasted from Marlborough.

    95/100 POINTS, BOB CAMPBELL. 2015

  • “Full, dark, moderately deep, purple-hued ruby-red colour, youthful in appearance. The nose is full with softly presented and harmonious aromas of ripe dark raspberry and plum fruit, subtly lifted by layers of ethereal dark red florals and unveiling dark herbal nuances. Medium-full bodied, plush but gently expressed flavours of ripe raspberries and dark red plums fill the palate, The fruit is supported by fine-textured tannin structure and soft acidity lending a smooth flowing mouthfeel. Dark red florals and nuances of spicy oak emerge, leading to a sweet plush, well-packed finish with some length. This is a full, plush, smooth-flowing Pinot Noir with raspberry and plum flavours and fine textures. Match with pork, lamb and beef dishes over the next 4-5 years. 50% clone 777, 30% Abel and 20% 667, fermented to 14.5% alc., the wine spending 16-21 days on skins and aged 10 months in 25% new French oak.” (2013 Single Vineyard Pinot Noir).

    18.0/20 points, RAYMOND CHAN. March 2015.

  • “Quite intense fruit with plum, cherry and raspberry supported by firm, drying tannins. Powerful Pinot Noir that needs food or a few years in bottle to mellow out and reveal what appears to be considerable complexity. Vibrant, high energy wine.”  (Single Vineyard Pinot Noir 2012) 89 POINTS

    BOB CAMPBELL. 2014

  • “Dense and quite gutsy Pinot Noir with reasonably intense plum, cherry and raspberry flavours. Solidly structured wine that promises to age well. Well made wine from a vineyard that achieves concentration.” (Single Vineyard Pinot Noir 2011) 91 POINTS

    BOB CAMPBELL. 2013

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