Light red in colour. The nose exhibits enticing aromas of ripe black cherries, black plums and some pepper and spice, distinctly Pinot Noir. On the palate these cherries and black fruit notes are smoothly carried by balanced oak, smooth tannins and soft acidity. A long richly textured finish. A softly textured delight – perfect food wine - Marlborough in a glass!!
Late Spring frosts or early Autumn frosts. Over the summer period the days are warm (25-30C) without being overly hot, and in the evening the temperature drops considerably.
Mixture of gravel and sandy loam areas with some clay components.
Hand picked, the grapes were transported and placed into a desteemer/crusher and into small open topped fermenters. We gave the must a cold soak for three days, with regular hand plunging, this aids extraction of colour and tannins. The must was warmed in order to start fermentation, and over this period hand plunging continued to break up the cap. After fermentation the wine was pressed off into French barriques, one to four year old barriques, with 10% new. The wine was aged for 9 months, with regular scrutiny and any topping up of barrels.