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2015 Waimea Pinot Noir

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Harvest 2015 was notable across the country for a smaller crop than previous seasons. Just as the growing season got off to a slow start so did the start of harvest. The upshot of the above conditions, and hence the smaller crop, being that we were rewarded with intensely flavoursome fruit.

Harvest

Harvest 2015 was notable across the country for a smaller crop than previous seasons. Just as the growing season got off to a slow start so did the start of harvest. The upshot of the above conditions, and hence the smaller crop, being that we were rewarded with intensely flavoursome fruit.

Winemaking

Five of our Estate vineyards are represented in this wine. All are on the stony Waimea Plains. Individual parcels of different clones of Pinot were harvested and processed with minimum crushing of the berries. The musts were then held at 10°C for a cold soak period of 5-10 days with the aim of extracting fruit characters and colour from the skins. The separate parcels were then fermented, yeast strains chosen to enhance specific clonal characters. During vigorous ferment the vats were pumped over twice a day to aid in extraction from the skins and aerate the ferment. Once dry the wines spent time soaking on the skins and were tasted daily to ascertain when the tannin structure was adequate. The wines were drained and pressed off skins, then had a short settling time before being racked off gross yeast lees and put to a barrel to undergo malolactic fermentation and maturation.

A selection of French Coopers were specifically chosen to help build the perfume, flavours and texture of this wine while still respecting the delicate character of our Pinot off the Plains. After ten months in barrel the wines and individual barrels were assessed and our best blend assembled. The wine was then carefully prepared with a minimum of intervention for bottling March 2016.

Tasting Note

A sultry perfume of dark ripe berries and sweet, soft spice are complemented by fleshy fruit and fine dusty tannins on the palate of our 2015 Pinot Noir. These impressions cling to the mouth and then slowly fade to a lingering finish. Savour alone or try alongside gently smoked lamb or game bird dishes. Resist now and careful cellaring for 3-5 years will enhance savoury complexity. No proteinaceous fining agents used therefore suitable for vegetarians and vegans.

Technical Details

Varietal: 100% Pinot Noir
Alcohol: 13%
Acidity: 5.55 g/L
pH: 3.64
Residual Sugar: 2.3 g/L
EAN: 9419589000294

Awards

  • Pure Gold - Bragato Wine Awards 2016
  • Silver - San Francisco International Wine Competition 2016
  • Silver - New Zealand International Wine Show 2016
  • Silver - International Wine & Spirit Competition 2016
  • 4 1/2 Stars - Wine Orbit
  • 4 Stars - Raymond Chan



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