Marlborough Pinot Noir 2012
Churton’s exceptional hillside vineyard above the Waihopai Valley was first planted in 2000 with a European approach, close vine spacing and high density (approx. 5,000/ha). We manage the vineyard according to principles of biodynamics and organics and our 2014 wines will be fully certified organic. A very cold growing season started with late bud burst late flowering poor fruit set then a cool, overcast but dry growing season. Summer arrived in early March and fortunately the weather was fantastic right throughout harvest. We started harvest on 16th April 3 weeks later than 2011. Very low yields; average was 24hl/ha.
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Hand picked fruit was bunch sorted, de-stemmed then berry sorted. The resulting whole berries were fermented in open top fermenters using only indigenous yeast from the vineyard. Ferments were treated very gently with plunging only during peak ferment. Maceratation on skins was for approximately one lunar month before the wines were pressed to French oak barrels (18% new). The wine underwent natural malolactic ferment in spring, was racked once and blended prior to the 2013 vintage. It was then returned to older barrels for a further 4 months and bottled after minimal clarification.
|Titratable Acidity||5.1 g/l|
|Residual grape sugar||<1 g/l (bone dry)|
A flavoursome, medium weight and very drinkable wine. Beautifully poised with musk rose and red cherry/strawberry aromatics, it has hints of savoury flavours and a great flow of red fruit. Textured with fine tannins and complex dried herb and spice, this wine finishes with lovely acidity and long delicate fruit persistence.