Even, dark ruby-red colour with youthful cerise-purple hues, a little paler on the edge. This ha a gently full and voluminous nose with well-concentrated aromas of a broad array of dark-red and black-berried fruits, showing ripeness and subtle underlying dark herb notes, with dark-red and violet florals, unfolding nuances of spice and liquorice. The aromatics grow in depth and density with aeration. Medium-bodied, the palate features rich, ripe and lusciously succulent flavours of dark-red berry fruits with a range of florals and subtle herbal nuances at the core. The palate has breadth and depth, and the fruit is supported by serious, fine-gained, powdery tannin extraction and grip, with integrated ripe acidity. The structure carries the wine to a long and sustained dry, textural finish of dark-red fruits and liquorice notes. This is a rich, lusciously succulent, dark-red fruited Pinot Noir with an array of fruits and florals, and considerable fine-grained structure. Match with lamb, beef and venison over the next 7-9+ years. Hand-picked fruit from the ‘Clayvin’ vineyard, Brancott Valley, clones 115, 667, 777 and small amounts of 5 and 6, vines 18 y.o., on heavy clay, destemmed and indigenous yeast fermented with whole berries to 13.0% alc., the wine spending 3 weeks on skins and aged 16-18 months in 10% new oak. Certified BioGro Organic. 600 bottles made.
This is wonderfully perfumed and instantly attractive. Grapes were grown on this famous north-facing, clay-soil, high density vineyard; gorgeous aromas of dark cherry, raspberry coulis, violet, cedar and mixed spice lead to a beautifully weighted palate that is pristine and powerful at the same time. The wine flows magnificently, and offers huge appeal already. Only two barrels made. At its best: 2018 to 2027. Certified organic.
Darker hue heralds really pristine ripe purple cherries, raspberries and mulberries, which all sit in a very attractive pose with gentle oak spices. The palate has superb depth and detail. It's a super wine that's really flowing, commanding and marries power with elegance. A low pH vintage. Vineyard greatness in the glass. This is a New Zealand benchmark. Drink from 2020 to 2030+. *Top 100 of 2017*
From the famous Clayvin vineyard in the Brancott Valley. High density, 18 year-old vines grown organically in heavy clay soils. Very elegant, perfumed pinot noir with power and density. Plum, cherry and spice supported by nutty oak. The wine is easier to read than the Fromm Vineyard pinot despite its backbone of fine tannins. Appealing purity and energy. Very impressive. 600 bottles.
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