Marlborough Pinot Noir 2013

Vineyard

Our distinctive hillside vineyard above the Waihopai Valley was 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. A cooler than normal spring, coupled with the influence of the previous very cold year, led to low bud numbers and crop levels. Flowering delivered nice even bunches and a fantastic Summer led seamlessly into a long autumn of fine days and cool nights. Harvest was a little later than normal. We started picking in Bowl on 28th March and finished in the northern part of Shoulder on 2nd April. An excellent vintage of small berries with superb intensity and phenolic ripeness. Overall the vineyard yield was a tiny 22hl/ha.

 

Downloadable Tasting Notes

Churton Marlborough Pinot Noir 2013 – Tasting Note

Winemaking

14kg baskets of hand-picked fruit were bunch sorted then de-stemmed and berry sorted. Whole berries were fermented in open top fermenters using only indigenous yeast. Ferments were treated very gently with plunging only during peak ferment. Wines were macerated on skins for approximately one lunar month before being pressed to French oak barrels (18% new). The wine underwent a natural malolactic ferment in spring and was racked once and blended prior to vintage. It was returned to older barrels for a further 4 months and then bottled after a polishing filtration.

 

Wine Analysis

Alcohol 13.4%
Titratable Acidity 4.7 g/l
Residual grape sugar <1 g/l
pH 3.78

Tasting Notes

A poised wine, finely focused towards the end of the palate. Aromatic with musky rose petal and purple sage perfume, underlined by a dark cherry like fruit. The palate is silky textured, with savouriness, concentration and a flow of different layers including dark berry. The wine has finely
structured tannins and a long, very persistent, delicate finish.

 

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