This wine is produced from fruit grown in the upper reaches of the Awatere
Valley on a mix of stony river gravels and glacial deposits. The vines of mixed
clones are trained on an upright vertical shoot positioned trellis and managed
intensively to produce low yields of excellent quality fruit. Shoot thinning, bunch
thinning and leaf plucking are all employed in the pursuit of quality.
The fruit was destemmed and soaked before fermentation in open topped
fermenters. Hand plunging was used to gently extract tannin and colour from the
grapes and when dry, the fruit was pressed and run to both tank and barrel for
malolactic fermentation. The wine was then aged in French oak barriques before
blending and bottling.
Enjoy with a wide range of game dishes, red meats, duck, salmon or tuna.
Enjoy from 2017 – 2020.
Region: Marlborough – Awatere Valley
Variety: Pinot Noir
Maturation: 11 months in French oak barriques – 21% new
Total acidity: 5.26gL
Residual sugar: Dry