WINE NOTES: Attractively aromatic. Summer berry-fruits, citrusy, floral notes and a lightly spiced, herbal fragrance. Suggestive of the outdoors. Earth, mushroom notes evolve as the wine opens in the glass. The palate is vibrant and brightly red-fruited with a light spicy savouriness and supple structure of well-bound tannins. There is a depth in the exotic guava and quince which have a secondary, preserve-like richness. A refreshing plum-skin tanginess and chalky, minerality balance these ripper flavours.
AWARDS / REVIEWS / ACCOLADES:“A little shy at first, but opening up to reveal wild raspberry and red berry fruit notes. An interesting wine that wasn’t immediately forthcoming but built in interest and complexity the longer it sat in the glass, Excellent concentration and length.”5 Stars - Winestate July/Aug 2017
“Rosehip and rooibos tea merge with cocoa, cherry and soft leathery notes abound in this plush, strapping pinot from their vineyards in Nelson’s Hope sub-region.” - Yvonne Lorkin, Feb, 2017
VINIFICATION:A combination of machine and hand harvested fruit from the Home and Morison Vineyards Vineyard, both managed organically. A young block of Abel clone is currently in conversion to organic certification. The composition of this wine is weighted towards the Dijon 667, 777, 115 and 114 clones which generally provide an attractive fragrance and vibrant, red-fruited elegance. Average vine age for this blend is 14 years. Winemaking is very similar to that of the Hope Vineyard Pinot though there is less time on skins for some batches with a view to preserving fruit focus and moderating extraction of tannins. Similarly the level of both new and one year old oak is carefully managed so that it plays a subtle, supportive role. It is important to us that the style of this wine is neither over-ripe nor overly structured. Together with its brambly, red-fruited freshness, the wine has a lightness and poise. This characteristic signature is present here in spite of the added level of ripeness and vigour that the excellent 2014 vintage has provided.