Fresh raspberry and strawberry aromas with a hint of oak and subtle earthy tones, whilst
the palate is appealing and bright with fresh berry flavours and lovely a concentration.
Supple tannins and wonderful depth provide balance and structure.
The grapes were harvested and put into open top fermenters for a cold maceration
before fermentation started spontaneously. Because of the small size of the berries,
hand-plunging was limited to twice per day throughout the ferment to avoid too much
extraction. The wine was left on the skins for seven days post ferment before pressing to
predominantly old French oak barriques. The wine was blended after ten months
maturation in barrel.
50% of the grapes were from our Chaytors Road vineyard with the balance from the
Waihopai, Omaka and Awatere valleys. This wine is a mix of clones 5,15, 114, 117 and
10/5 on a variety of soils from free draining silt loams to more clay influenced gravels.
2016 was another lovely vintage where we were able to harvest our Pinot Noir in perfect
condition and at prefect ripeness and with plenty of flavour.
Two to four years
Enjoy in moderation with lighter red meats, hot ham or if you like red wine with fish, try it
with salmon or a yellow fin tuna steak.