2016 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.
This SV5182 Pinot Noir is a special selection of the best parcels from the eight different clones currently producing on our home vineyard. Year after year as the vines mature, we are seeing an increasing depth and complexity in the wines and we have chosen to showcase that with our SV Pinot Noir. This is our fourth release of a Pinot Noir under this SV5182 label designation. We feel that this release showcases the best expression of our site here at Te Whare Ra, and the stellar quality of the 2016 vintage for Pinot Noir in Marlborough.
This Pinot Noir exhibits a gorgeous perfumed fragrance of ripe raspberry, and florals with hints of mocha, violets, spice and some complex savoury undertones. The finely textured, silky tannins combine with vibrant flavours of ripe strawberries and omega plums. The palate carries onto more savoury and complex flavours and finishes with a lingering persistence of fruit, fine tannin and well integrated oak. Bottled un-fined and with minimal filtration
Nick Stock for James Suckling – 95 Points
Entrancing depth on the nose, this has very spicy and complex style with red and dark cherries, forest wood, fresh-chopped herbs and violets. The palate has a bright and supple feel with layered, long and smoothly rendered tannins that carry fresh red-cherry flavours. Long, fresh and even. From biodynamically grown grapes. Drink or hold.