NOSE: Aromas of dark cherry and spice supported by subtle nuances of toasty oak and complex aromas of fungal/forest floor.
PALATE: The wine delivers elegant Pinot flavours in a mid-weight, attractive style that showcases varietal flavours. These vibrant, varietal flavours are complemented by firm tannins and well balanced use of oak that does not dominate the wine. The palate is full but soft with great length of flavour and finishes dry with perfect weight and mouthfeel to create a wine of wide appeal.
REGION: 100% Waipara, North Canterbury.
VINTAGE CONDITIONS: The 2018 Vintage in the Waipara Valley was typified by warm daytime temperatures, tempered by cool nights. An ideal summer ensured great vine health and fruit condition. Harvesting of fruit was carried out early in April.
WINEMAKING: The fruit was destemmed without crushing to retain a percentage of whole berries in the ferment. Fermentation was carried out in small fermenters with regular daily hand plunging of the cap to extract colour and tannins. Further maceration post-ferment and prior to pressing has enhanced the palate with soft but firm tannins. After malolactic fermentation the wine underwent a period of oak maturation prior to stabilising for bottling. The wine has not been fined in order to retain maximum flavour and mouthfeel.
WINEMAKER: Evan Ward
GRAPE VARIETY: 100% Pinot Noir
MATURATION: 100% Oak barriques
WINE ANALYSIS: Alc Vol: 14.1% Acidity (TA): 5.4 g/l pH: 3.78 g/l Residual Sugar: Dry - less than 1g/l
PEAK DRINKING: Drinking well now but will continue to develop for a further ten years from vintage date.
FOOD MATCH: The perfect drink for a picnic with cheese, cold meats, patés and terrines
4.5 Star Wine Orbit, December 2018
Silver (91 points) Decanter Asia Wine Awards 2019 Sep-19