Region: Omaka Valley, Marlborough, New Zealand.
Winemaking: A selection of clones 777, 115, 667 and Abel were hand-picked on the 27th of March. The grapes were destemmed with 15% left as whole clusters. After a two-day cold soak, a native fermentation began lasting 7-10 days, with 3 to 4 weeks total on skins. The wine was gently pressed to selected French Oak barriques and puncheons, with 25% being new. Natural spring malolactic fermentation occurred with an élevage of 16 months before being racked and prepared for bottling in November 2021.
Tasting Notes: Aromas of bramble, dark cherries, violets, and dried lavender on the nose. A bright palate of primary fruit characters intertwined with spice, herbal, and savoury undertones. Sinewy tannins frame the palate leading to a lengthy finish.
Technical: Alcohol - 13.5%. pH - 3.60g/l. TA - 5.5g/l. RS - Dry. Contains sulphites. BioGro certified organic and vegan friendly.
Winemakers: Allan McWilliams & Jordan Hogg.
"Fragrant, floral aromas with cherry, raspberry, red rose, fresh herb and spicy oak flavours. Appealing, delicate pinot noir that is deliciously accessible now but should develop with bottle age. Made with a light touch." - Bob Campbell MW, 94/100 points
"Wood smoke and wildflowers, red plums and ripe black cherry flesh, vanilla and cinnamon, toasty barrel and a harmonious floral lift. An alluring bouquet overall. Dry, varietal, ripe, fruity, and delicious on the palate, flavours of red berries and plum, baking spices of barrel and wildflowers all reflect the bouquet. Ab abundance of fine tannins and med+ acid line. Well made, lengthy and very enjoyable." - Cameron Douglas MS, 93/100 points