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Pinot Noir "Mt Maude" (Central Otago)


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Bottles: 12

Vintage: 2014

Cap: Screw

Extremely limited
Dark fruit, a touch of five spice and dried herbs comes from the very traditional technique of fermenting the Pinot Noir with a large proportion of its stalks. Careful cellaring for 10 years will reward.

Hand harvested from our Mt Maude family vineyard in Wanaka, planted in
1994. Characteristics of the Mt Maude Vineyard Pinot Noir, with its extended
growing season, giving the additional hang time allowing the grapes to
ripen fully, where seeds brown, skins toughen, flavours develop and most
importantly stalks fully lignify. This enables us to use whole bunch (65%)
in the ferment, creating a wine with sinewy structure from stalk tannin
and the crushed herb and spicey aromas which are the precursor to the
ethereal forest floor, violet or alluring perfume great pinots have. Fermented
very traditionally in open topped tanks, hand plunged and using indigenous
yeasts. Three weeks on skins for tannin development prior to gentle pressing
through our basket press. Matured in French oak barriques (50% new) for
nine months followed by a movement into one year old French oak barriques
where the wine rested for another eight months

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