Region: Bendigo Hills, Central Otago, New Zealand.
Winemaking: Hand-picked in April 2020, destemmed, 15% whole bunch across the blend. Predominantly Hill Block Clone 115 and Mid Block Clone 777. On skins for 3 to 4 weeks, before being gently presses to select French Oak barriques and puncheons, 35% new. Natural spring malolactic fermentation and elevage for 16 months before being racked and prepared for bottling in November 2021.
Tasting Notes: Aromas of dried rose petals, dark red fruits, wild thyme, hoisin, and baking spice. This Central Otago Pinot Noir has an elegant palate with flavours of cherries, plums, gentle mouth coating powdery tannins and a lengthy finish.
Technical: Alcohol - 13.5%. pH -3.70g/l. TA - 5.5g/l. RS - Dry. Contains sulphites. BioGro certified organic and vegan friendly.
Winemakers: Allan McWilliams & Jordan Hogg.
Accolades: NZ Organic Wine Awards 2023 - Silver Medal Winner
"Moderately light, mellow pinot noir with a mix of fruit—dark cherry, plum, violet—and savoury baked earth, dried herbs, anise, oyster shell and spicy oak flavours. A developed and accessible wine. A touch austere but should mellow with age." - Bob Campbell MW, 91/100 points
"Complex, enticing, varietal and balanced bouquet. A bouquet that suggests integration and harmony. Aromas and flavours of fresh and preserved cherry, some raspberry and red currant combinations then sweet and spices of oak along with a roasted cashew nut quality. There’s a floral statement from oak and place that demands attention. Dry, complex, balanced and well made, an abundance of fine tannins with a mix of barrel spice then contrasting core fruit flavours that reflect the bouquet." - Cameron Douglas MS, 94/100 points
"Already drinking well, the 2020 vintage (5*) was estate-grown, 400 metres above sea level, at Bendigo, hand-picked and matured for 16 months in French oak barriques and puncheons (35 per cent new). Highly perfumed, it is rich and silky textured, with concentrated cherry, spice and nut flavours, very complex and savoury." - Michael Cooper, 5/5 stars