2014 Pinot Noir SV 5182
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 – 2014 Vintage
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.