Grape Variety: 100% Pinot Noir
Growing Region: Old Cemetery Block, Martinborough, New Zealand
Owner / Winemaker: Roger Parkinson
3 1/5 Stars - Michael Cooper's Wine Guide 2011.
The local interest in Pinot Noir over the past few years has exploded and has encouraged nearly all known and potential vineyards sites to look hard at a variety and style of wine that is as varied as the people that now drink this wine.
The fruit for this wine was de-stemmed, and then underwent cold maceration prior to fermentation to gently extract colour, fruit characters and aromas. Total time of maceration took approx 18-21 days. Malolactic fermentation took place in barrel - where Roger prefers to use tight-grained French oak barriques, (25% new). Total time in barrel was 9 months. And the finished wine was bottled unfined and unfiltered.
In the glass you are greeted by a deep blood-red colour. On the nose the wine exhibits typical regional characters of red berries and cherries mixed with spicy and subtle earthy notes. The palate is soft-textured with supple tannins and carries flavours of red fruits and spice through the palate to a soft and persistent finish. Serve at 16-18C.
Drinking perfectly well this season; and over the next 3-4 years.
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