90 pts Wine Enthusiast Dec 2021
This is an easygoing Pinot with heaps of bright cranberry and cherry fruit backed by more earthy, mushroomy, floral notes. In the mouth, there’s an appealing raspy texture to the combo of savory, spicy tannins and silky red fruit. It’s medium-bodied and drinking well now or could hold up well over the next few years.
Aromas of bold cherry and fresh red berries are underpinned by savoury notes and spicy oak.
Dark fruit flavours flow into a smooth palate, delivering a long finish with fine tannins and juicy acidity.
This wine was sourced from our Claim 431 Vineyard in the Bendigo sub-region of Central Otago. The vineyard’s free draining loam soils over schist gravel make it a natural home for growing outstanding Pinot Noir. The huge diurnal temperature variation, adds to the
structure and fruit concentration of the wine.
The grapes were gently picked, allowing whole berries to remain intact. After a week long cold soak, each parcel was fermented with a combination of wild and cultured yeasts. The batches were plunged daily to extract the vibrant colour, flavour and delicate tannin
structure. Parcels were pressed separately to a mix of French oak barrels or remained in tank. In the spring after completing malolactic
fermentation, each parcel and tank was tasted and blended