Awatere Valley Marlborough Pinot Noir 2014

Awatere Valley Marlborough Pinot Noir 2014

Awatere Valley Marlborough Pinot Noir 2014

NZ$150.00 per 6-case per 6-case was

Tasting notes

A deep crimson hue in the glass, this Awatere Valley Pinot Noir displays complex layers of cherry, plum and bright floral notes with underlying hints of wild thyme. The palate is richly concentrated with flavours of red and dark fruits, spice and integrated oak. Balanced with refined silky tannins, this complex and elegant wine seamlessly leads to a long, smooth and lingering finish.

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Winemaking

Grapes for this wine are handpicked at optimal ripeness and carefully transported back to the winery for processing. Once at the winery the fruit is gently destemmed and then lightly crushed using state of the art processing equipment. Batch fermented according to block and clone in small open top fermenters, the must undergoes a cold soak lasting around 7 days before being warmed and inoculated either with selected yeasts, or left to undergo a ‘wild’ ferment using indigenous yeasts found naturally on the grapes. Once fermentation is complete the wine undergoes a short period of post-fermentation maturation on skins before being pressed directly to a combination old and new French barriques. These barrels are kept cool in a temperature-controlled cellar over the winter months, before being warming in spring, allowing the wine to naturally undergo a secondary malo-lactic fermentation. Barrels are carefully monitored over this period and once the malolactic fermentation is determined to be 100% complete, the winemaking team sample each and every barrel before comprehensive blending decisions are made. Selected barrels are gently racked into tank where the final blend is carefully fined and filtered before bottling in late March.

Viticulture

The grapes for this wine are sourced exclusively from our stunning vineyard located in Marlborough’s Awatere Valley. This high-altitude site is characterised by cool night temperatures and a long ripening period that help to develop concentrated fruit flavours within the berries. The 2013/2014 growing season in Marlborough was warm and dry, with the typical cool nights that are characteristic of our vineyard helping to retain balanced acid levels as the sugars in the grapes increased. Hand harvest of the Pinot Noir began on the 4th April, with an average brix across the blocks of 24. The last parcel of grapes was received in the winery on the 13th April, just before the heavy autumn rains began.

Analysis

Vintage: 2014

Alcohol: 13.5%

pH: 3.66

T/A: 4.9g/L

R.S: Nil