100% Pinot Noir from the Nautilus Clay Hills Vineyard, located on the ridge that divides the Brancott and Omaka Valleys within the Southern Valleys sub-region of Marlborough.
Fruit was hand-picked and chilled overnight before de-stemming to tank incorporating a 25% whole bunch component. After a 10 day cold soak, the wine completed a spontaneous fermentation and remained on skins for a total of 18 days before pressing. After 24 hours settling, the wine was racked to 228L French oak barriques, 33% new, and matured for 11 months before clarification and bottling.
Dark ruby in colour and the nose reveals fragrant floral aromas, ripe wild blackberries, plums and spices. The palate is medium bodied with some fruit sweetness and good structure. Refined, balanced and elegant, showing good intensity and a lengthy finish.
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