Maui Waipara Pinot Noir 2016 - $22 a bottle - $132 for a 6 pack
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Quantities are in 6 packs.
COLOUR: Intense cherry red
NOSE: It is beautifully fragrant showing spiced cherry, game, dark mushroom and black olive characters.
PALATE: Silky-smooth palate that offers tasty fruit flavours together with savoury nuances. The wine is immediately appealing with its attractive flavours backed by rounded mouthfeel and fine tannins.
REGION: 100% Waipara.
VINTAGE: 2016 was a great vintage for Pinot. Crops were balanced, summer was moderate and autumn was long and dry.
WINEMAKING: Traditional Burgundian methods were used for vinification and elevage. A proportion of the whole bunch was placed at the bottom of the vats, with destemmed berries on top. One week cold soak was followed by a natural fermentation during which time the floating cap of skins was plunged twice daily. After fermentation, the wine was tasted daily to determine the day of press. Total cuvasion was around 3 weeks. It was gently pressed pneumatically then aged in French oak for 18 months on yeast lees. The malolactic fermentation occurred naturally in spring. The result is a rich, ripe, full-bodied wine with the typical regional characters of chocolate, cherry, plum, and spice.
WINEMAKER: Evan Ward
GRAPE VARIETY: 100% Pinot Noir
MATURATION: 18 months in French oak.
Alc Vol: 14 %
Acidity (TA): 5.45 g/l
pH: 3.65 g/l
Residual Sugar: less than 1g/l
PEAK DRINKING: Drinking well now but will continue to develop for a further five years from vintage date.
SUGGESTED FOOD MATCH: The perfect drink for a picnic with cheese, cold meats, patés, and terrines