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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 3.51 | 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.

COLOUR: Deep ruby/crimson

AROMA: Blackberry, dark cherry, and floral aromas are complimented by more complex aromas of cigar box, tea leaf, floral notes, dried rosemary and thyme.

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 elegant, rich and full with seamless length.

ANALYSIS: Alc. 14% | pH 3.60 | TA 5.7

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 14 months.

VITICULTURALIST NOTES: The 2012 season was characterised by a cold spring and a long growing season which resulted in low crops of loose open bunches. Summer continued cool however a long warm Autumn meant the fruit ripened evenly with small dark, dense and very clean berries. A vintage with the potential to be the best ever.

COLOUR: Deep ruby/crimson

AROMA: Dark cherry, blueberry and black plum aromas are complimented by more savoury aromas of cassis, tea leaf, floral notes of dried rosemary, dried spices and forest floor 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 3.58 | TA 5.30

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 2011 season was characterised by a cold spring and a long growing season which resulted in low crops of loose open bunches. A long Autumn meant the fruit ripened evenly with small dark, dense and very clean berries; a delight to taste as we hand-picked in the cool mornings.

COLOUR: Deep ruby/crimson, very intense

AROMA: Dark cherry, blackberry, blackcurrant and blueberry aromas are complimented by more savoury aromas of cassis, tea leaf, dried rosemary and dried spices.

PALATE: Rich, full and intense. Interwoven savoury and fruit flavours are dominated by succulent berry fruit. The structure of this wine is tight yet rich and full with ripe tannins and seamless length.

ANALYSIS: Alc. 14.0% | pH 3.47 | TA 5.80

WINEMAKERS 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 de-stemmed 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.

VITICULTURISTS NOTES: The 2010 season was the longest I have ever seen at Auntsfield. Spring came three weeks early, followed by a cool long autumn, resulting in harvest two weeks later than normal. Cropping levels were reduced and fine-tuned with many passes through the vines which produced very even ripening and dark, dense clean fruit which was handpicked into small baskets.

REVIEWS:

  • “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

  • “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

  • “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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