2014 Pinot Noir SV5182
All winemakers go a bit nuts about Pinot Noir because it is challenging to grow and make and very unforgiving of mistakes. We love the flavour spectrum of Marlborough Pinot Noir from red fruits to black and from complex savoury notes to spice and back again. It has an ability to give us vibrant fruit on the palate combined with ripe supple, silky tannins and great structure and length. We produce 3 different Pinot Noirs – 1 blend and 2 single vineyard Pinot Noirs and are huge advocates for this variety in our region
All fruit for this wine was hand-picked and hand-sorted. Destemmed without crushing to 1 tonne open fermenters, hand plunged up to 4 times daily and each clone fermented separately. Some parcels small % whole bunch. Majority inoculated with selected yeasts, small portion wild ferment. Cold soak for 7-9 days, 5-7 day ferment, 8-IO days post ferment maceration. Pressed off on taste then filled to oak alter 24hrs. In oak for 12 months – all French oak, various different coopers, 30% new, balance in older oak. 2013 was an exceptional vintage in Marlborough, characterised by a textbook summer, and very even ripening. The resultant wines have great concentration and balance. We started picking slightly later than usual and the harvest was very evenly spaced with no wet weather pressure.
Nick Stock – 96 Points
A sense of depth of fruit with astute winemaking here. Deeply ripe red and black cherries sit amid violets and fresh, lightly earthy notes. The palate has bright, lithe and juicy red cherries with some forest-floor, woody and leafy notes. Fine but sturdy tannins and a subtly spicy finish. Super length. Drink or hold.
Raymond Chan – 5 stars
The fruit is luscious and enlivened by fine, lacy acidity and supported by a very finely extracted and structured line that carries the wine to a lingering, ethereal finish. This is a very elegant, but lusciously rich red cherry and dark-berried Pinot Noir with ethereal florals on a fine-structured palate with fresh, lacy acidity. Match with poultry and pork dishes.
Cameron Douglas MS – 96 Points
Complex, youthful, engaging and beguiling bouquet. Aromas of dark raspberry and truffle, plum and old rose, brown baking spices, a whisper of fresh tobacco and wood smoke. Complex and dry on the palate with flavours that mirror the nose, a savoury mineral layer adds additional texture alongside firm youthful tannins and medium+ acidity. A wine still in early development stages – so be patient. Best drinking from 2020 (ish) through 2030+.
Sam Kim – 5 stars
The wine shows a great degree of elegance as well as complexity and intensity; the seductively expressed bouquet shows spiced cherry, dark plum, game, dried herb, olive and almond characters, leading to a concentrated palate that is refined and sophisticated, offering sensual, flowing mouthfeel. Precise and multi-layered at the same time, the wine delivers hedonistic fragrance and a persistent engaging finish.
Jamie Goode – 95 Points
This is a selection of barrels from this site: what expresses the site best. Just 100 cases or so, released later. Blend of all eight clones. Berry sorted so it can be left on skins for longer. This is really beautiful. It’s perfumed and really pure with very fine red cherry fruit, but also definite structure and seriousness in the mouth. The fruit is silky and fine with subtle sappy notes. Tension and balance here with purity and precision.