100% Pinot Noir from three well-tended, low yielding vineyards in the Blind River, Omaka and Wairau sub-regions of Marlborough.
Each vineyard was kept separate in small open top fermenters and cold-soaked to extract maximum flavour and colour stability. Fermented using a mixture of selected yeast strains and hand plunged up to 6 times daily, after which several batches were put to French oak barrels. The remainder was aged in stainless steel tanks to preserve the delicate fruit characters. Each batch went through malolactic fermentation and was aged on lees before being blended, stabilised, lightly egg white fined.
Classic black cherry notes dominate the palate and are supported by hints of bramble, reflecting the aromatics. Structurally the tannins are soft and silky and well balanced acidity ensures good length and weight. Intense aromas of black cherry, blackberry and plum mingle with a hint of redcurrant. Savoury mushroom and toasty oak characters complete the attractive nose.
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