Whole Bunch Pinot Noir, 2018, North Canterbury

Whole Bunch Pinot Noir, 2018, North Canterbury

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Cuvée: Whole Bunch Pinot Noir
Vintage: 2018
Grape(s): Pinot Noir, Whole-Cluster
Fermentation: Skin
Region, Country: North Canterbury, New Zealand
Size: 750 ml
Winemaker(s): Theo Coles

From the producer:

This Pinot Noir comes from two vineyards, one a small close planted vineyard on the Omihi slopes and the other on the valley floor. The soil in Omihi is predominantly clay with bands of limestone and iron oxide, and the valley floor has glacial gravels with layers of silt and the odd bit of broken limestone dispersed throughout the profile.

The clay parcel brings a richness and flesh to this wine whilst the gravel site adds spice and finesse. The use of whole bunches helps to add floral aromatics and length to balance out these textures and to knit the whole wine together.

The structural elements and aroma gained from using whole bunches in Pinot Noir from North Canterbury also serves to promote longevity in the wine. It’ll make for fascinating drinking over the coming years.

This wine has approximately 50% whole bunches in the ferment. It was fermented with indigenous yeasts. It under went a natural malolactic fermentation. It has no Sulphur added until bottling. It is unfined and unfiltered. 20 ppm SO2 Total.