Region: Central Otago Grapes: Pinot Noir First Glance: Florals, Spice, Silky
The Wine: The unique gravity flow winery enables the grapes to be gently destemmed directly into open-top fermenters without pumping, retaining 20% as whole clusters. Traditional fermentation with a moderately long maceration on skins extracts good colour and tannin with considerable depth of flavour. The wine was aged for 13 months in 25% new French oak barrels from artisan Burgundian coopers.
How can one not love that instant bath of flowers, fruits and spice that this wine delivers? No holding back, no reticence at all, just a wash of Cornish Point indulgence - all leading to a flowing silky finish. Through the entire palate there is a gentle mineral seam that stops anything from tipping over into excess, so it seduces rather than hollers. There will be no lack of complexity to come for those with patience, but it is very hard to resist now.