Hunter's Pinot Noir 2014
Rich ripe plum, berry and subtle forest floor aromas marry together for a smooth medium bodied Pinot Noir. The palate shows persistent rich cherry/plum flavours and mild spicy oak making an enjoyable and easy drinking wine.
The 2014 vintage was the warmest vintage of the last twenty years. The great weather to start the vintage allowed excellent bud burst and fruit set. Intense flavours across all varietals arrived early in the season. Cropping levels were the talk of the vintage. The vineyard team recognised early that larger crop levels were looming and were able to manage the crop to acceptable level. Rain threatened late during harvest but great planning meant all fruit was safely in the winery before the rain arrived.
This wine was made in small batches using a variety of different winemaking techniques to try and enhance the individual clones and vineyards character. A portion of the fruit was handpicked and was plunged in small open vats until completion of ferment. This allowed lighter fruit components to be expressed. The balance of the fruit was machine picked and fermented in stainless steel tanks. The ferment was pumped over twice a day with temperatures of up to 32 degrees being reached to extract the colour and tannins for the backbone of the wine. A percentage of the ferment was transferred to barrels to complete the fermentation in new oak. The remaining components were aged in one and two year old French oak barriques for ten months before being blended. The wine was given a light egg white fining before being bottled.
Harvest Date: March & April 2014
Total Acidity: 5.6 g/l
Residual Sugar: 0.28 g/l
Bottling Date: March 2015
4 STARS & 86 POINTS – Sam Kim, Wine Orbit, May 2016
"It is youthful and fragrant on the nose showing red cherry, raspberry, floral and spice characters with a hint of game complexity. The palate is juicy and vibrant, and displays elegant fruit intensity and smooth texture, nicely structured by bright acidity and soft tannins. The wine is friendly, well balanced and immediately appealing."
SILVER - San Francisco International Wine Competition 2016
SILVER - Air New Zealand Wine Awards 2015
BRONZE - San Francisco International Wine Competition 2016
BRONZE - International Cool Climate Wine Show 2016
BRONZE - New Zealand International Wine Show 2016
BRONZE - New Zealand International Wine Show 2015
3 STARS - Cuisine Magazine, May 2016