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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:  Ripe dark raspberry and plumb fruit is subtly lifted by layers of dark red florals and complex savoury aromas of dark chocolate, cigar box, barbequed meat and olive tapenade.

PALATE:  The palate of this wine shows a rich silky texture, which is full and concentrated. Flavours of ripe raspberry and dark plumbs fill the pallet. This fruit is supported by powerful yet fine grained tannins giving a plush yet silky texture to the pallet with seamless length.

ANALYSIS: Alc. 14.0% | pH 3.43 | 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 2016 season was characterised by moderate yields resulting excellent vine growth from rainfall at key growth stages in the Spring. A very dry and warm summer followed with vineyard work focused around reduced yields by hand to optimal levels. This allowed the fruit to ripen over an extended period of time in the cool and settled conditions of early autumn. A season that rewarded vigilance, lower cropping levels and delayed ripening in the vineyard.

 

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:

  • 1 of 60 wines selected for the exclusive Fine Wines of New Zealand List, compiled by leading wine experts to showcase New Zealand wines that go above and beyond in displaying consistent quality and distinction. (Single Vineyard Pinot Noir 2015).

    Finalist, FINE WINES OF NEW ZEALAND. 2017

  • Intense bouquet, forward, ripe and commanding; aromas of dark red berry fruits led by cherry and plum with a black currant note, crushed rocks mineral and plenty of new oak scents and associated brown spices. On the palate – lush, generous, fruity and dry; flavours of dark berry fruits and oak highlighted by firm youthful tannins and plenty of acidity. (Single Vineyard Pinot Noir 2015)

    94 Points, Cameron Douglas. April 2017

  • Grown on north-facing slopes at Auntsfield, on the south side of the Wairau Valley, the 2014 vintage is impressive. Matured for 10 months in French oak casks (31 per cent new), it is deeply coloured, mouthfilling, warm and concentrated,with very ripe plum, cherry and spice flavours, nutty and savoury, good tannin backbone and strong personality. Best drinking 2018+ (Single Vineyard Pinot Noir 2014)

    MICHAEL COOPER. Buyer’s Wine Guide 2017

  • 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

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