Grapes for this wine were sourced from carefully selected sites located within the southern Wairau Valley including our Mustang and Barracks vineyards. The soils have a clay base with aged alluvial gravels that provide good drainage. This soil structure allows a relatively consistent availability of water to the vines through the summer months, minimising water stress to the pinot noir vines. Our vines are all pruned and trained to a two-cane, vertically shoot positioned canopy with an average yield of 5 tonnes/hectare.
Six clones of pinot noir were hand harvested with ripe flavours and moderate sugar levels, brix levels ranged from 22.1 thru 25.1. The first of our fruit was picked on the 3rd of March with harvest completed on March 13th.
A warm spring emerged from an unusually wet winter, providing the perfect conditions for rapid spring growth. Warm conditions continued and flowering occurred a week earlier than average in late November. Rainfall in November and December allowed for a high level of fruit set and strong bunch growth through January. These ideal conditions lead to heavy crops and therefore vineyards were ruthlessly thinned in late January to maximise fruit quality and advance ripening.
Australian Gourmet Traveller Wine, October 2013
“Six clones of pinot noir were hand-harvested from several vineyards in the Wairau Valley over a period of 10 days. The grapes were 100 per cent destemmed and fermented using indigenous yeasts. The wine was matured in French oak barrels (40 per cenr new) for 12 months. Aromatic wine with layers of cherry, plum, spice and subtle florals. Good flavour intensity with impressive purity and energy. This is a classy pinot with a good deal of power and a lengthy finish.” – Bob Campbell MW
The Wine Advocate, October 2013
“Medium ruby-purple in color, the 2011 Pinot Noir possesses a nose of mulberries, black raspberries and kirsch accented by underlying hints of cardamom, forest floor and moss. Medium to full-bodied, it has a good concentration of red and blackberry flavors with a pleasant earthy edge and is framed by medium level, grainy tannins and vibrant acid through the finish with good length.” – Lisa Perrotti-Brown MW