100% Pinot Noir is made from a selection of the best fruit from a 30 hectare single-vineyard in Marlborough.
Fruit was hand-harvested in batches then destemmed but not crushed into small open-top fermenters. 10% of whole bunch was retained for tannic complexity. After a 5 day cold-soak, fermentation took place with frequent hand-plunging. After fermentation 15% of the tanks were left on skins for an extra week before pressing to stabilise colour and improve structure. After settling, 50% was racked into new and seasoned French oak barrels for malolactic fermentation and ageing. Blended and bottled after 10 months ageing.
Deep ruby red with a rich, concentrated nose of dark berries and ripe plums integrated with lifted notes of violet. A complex palate complemented by smoky hints from French oak. Elegant tannins lead to a rich flavour that lingers in the mouth.
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