Marlborough Pinot Noir 2011

Vineyard

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. 2010/2011 was a good growing season with excellent flowering and steady growth up until veraison. We green harvested at 50% veraison and then again at end of veraison. It was a good dry vintage with only one minor rain event. The harvested fruit was excellent: clean and of great quality with good sugar maturity and tannin/acid balance. The individual blocks were picked and fermented separately.

 

Downloadable Tasting Notes

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Winemaking

We hand-picked, sorted then de-stemmed onto a further sorting belt at the winery. Stem fragments and ugly fruit were discarded. The whole berries (no stems)went to tank where the fruit underwent a cool maceration for 5C10 days before the onset of a natural indigenous ferment. Warm fast fermentation with gentle plunging twice a day was followed by a long warm maceration. Total cuvaison was around one lunar month. The wine was pressed to barrel, all French oak (piece de Bourgogne), 15%ofwhichwas new. Total maturation in barrel was 16 months. The wine went through natural malolactic fermentation in spring/early summer. It was then racked, blended and back to barrel before being bottled without filtration.

 

Wine Analysis

Alcohol 13.4%
Titratable Acidity 5.0 g/l
Residual grape sugar <2
pH 3.77

Tasting Notes

Bright deep ruby coloured, this wine has the aroma of old fashioned musk roses with underlying red plum and cerise. The palate is dry, complex and earthy with a silky texture and subtle fruit running through it. The Churton Pinot Noir 2011 is delicate and fine with a long finish.

 

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