Deep garnet hue with intense aromas of plum, blackberry, cassis, cedar, sage, mushroom and a hint of game. The cooler 2020 vintage has delivered an intriguing wine with great concentration and a remarkable core with layers of dark red fruit, wild herb and distinctive earthy flavours complementing a highly focused palate with great intensity and length. Silky fine tannins, vibrant fruit and intense aromas complement a serious structure with so much finesse. Harmonious and inviting, this Pinot Noir is drinking beautifully as a young wine and should continue to deliver enjoyment for 15+ years.
2020 Pinot Noir is a Central Otago blend that represents the best attributes of the selected vineyards and of course, the 2020 season. The fruit was hand harvested at optimal ripeness with harvest dates ranging from late March to late April 2020. Nine different ferments went into the blend ranging from 0-50% whole bunches per fermenter with the resulting blend having around 18% whole clusters, which aids the tannin structure and aromatics of the wine. The total time on skins ranging from 18-28 days. The wine was aged in fine grain French oak: 25% new, 30% 1 year old and the balance was 2-5 year old barriques for approximately 12 months. Our winemaker, Jen Parr, selected fruit from exceptional Central Otago vineyards with an emphasis on cooler sites to create a fresh and elegant wine that will age gracefully.