The grapes of this Pinot Noir are 100% hand-harvested from selected blocks at our Estate-owned Te Muna Road Vineyard, one of the most prestigious growing sites within the Martinborough region of New Zealand and from other distinct areas of the appellation. The grapes are destemmed (85%) prior to whole-bunch fermentation in a combination of open top stainless steel tanks and French oak cuvees using indigenous yeasts. The wine ages nine months in French oak barriques, 7% new, before being fined, course filtered and bottled.

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2018 vintage
91 Points
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2018 vintage
Harvest Note
A warm and dry spring and summer in the 2018 growing season gave way to late season rains near harvest time. The grapes were able to develop optimally and most were picked prior to the rainy end of the season.
Tasting Note
Bright cherry with crimson hue. Aromatic dark cherry melds with dried herbs and subtle oak char. The wine is vibrant across the palate with svelte red fruits and velvety tannins finishing savory and dry.
Food Pairing
Pan seared and roasted duck leg, porcini pasta.
Technical Data
GRAPES: 100% Pinot Noir
APPELLATION: Martinborough
PH: 3.75
ACIDITY: 4.3 g/l
ABV: 13%
AGING: Aged 9 months in French oak barriques (7% New)
Unique Selling Points
  • The higher elevation results in grapes with terrific freshness and acidity
  • Gentle handling with whole-bunch fermentation ensures a floral wine

About the Grape

Pinot Noir
In France, makes a silky, deceptively powerful wine of elegant, complex aromas and subtle, red fruit flavors, with earthy, floral, mushroom and mineral notes. In California, shows ripe, sweet characters.
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