'Very full, black-red colour with lighter purple hues on the rim. The nose is concentrated with deep and firmly packed aromas of ripe black berry and black cherry fruit with dark raspberry and violet floral notes that unfold in the glass. Some liquorice, spice, mineral and nutty hints emerge, adding interest. Medium-full bodied, deep and concentrated flavours of ripe black cherry and black berried fruits form a good core. Aromatic violet florals, spices and nuances of oak lift the fruit. Fine-grained tannin extraction supports the fruit and provides an elegant, textured backbone. This has good drive with discreet, balanced acidity lending energy and carrying the wine to a long, lingering dry finish with flavours of violet florals, black cherries and spicy plums. This is a concentrated, fine-grained, black-fruited Pinot Noir with floral and spicy lift. Serve with pork, lamb, beef and venison over the next 6+ years. Hand-picked fruit from the home ‘Hinakura Road’ vineyard, clones 5, 6,115, 667, 777 and Abel, fermented to 14.0% alc., the wine spending 27 days on skins and aged 11 months in French oak with 20% equivalence, a portion aged in tank.'
Gold Medal, NZ International Wine Show, 2015
MartinboroughMartinborough is located on the North Island of New Zealand and is the island’s driest area, due to the rain shadow created by the Tararua and Rimutaka Ranges. The district is prone to spring frosts, with wind machines employed throughout the area to protect young vines from frost damage. Martinborough’s climate is cool with some maritime influence and the region enjoys one of the longest growing seasons in New Zealand. There is significant diurnal variation, excellent for preserving aromatics and acidity and the naturally breezy conditions help to curb vine vigour, resulting in low yields of grapes with great intensity and flavor concentration. Over time, the river which runs through the region, has carved out cliffs and escarpments to expose stony sub-soils, helping to create the premium vineyard site of ‘Martinborough Terrace’ built over layers of alluvial river terraces. Martinborough has significant plantings of Sauvignon Blanc, Chardonnay, Pinot Gris and Riesling but is best known for producing outstanding Pinot Noir sought the world over.