From the old, stony soils of the higher terrace on our Te Muna Road Estate, this vineyard is planted with eight clones of Pinot Noir in more than 40 different parcels.
From this melange of parcels, the grapes are hand-picked and fermented with indigenous yeasts before spending 8 months in small French oak barrels without racking to produce our Te Muna Road Pinot Noir - a dark and brooding wine with a silky layered texture that provides interest and complexity.
Bright red cherry with a crimson hue. Aromas of black cherry, gentle toast and wild herbs prevail with a strong sense of the forest. Lovely ripe flavours of black cherry and red fruits are balanced with fine velvety tannins and a hint of dry earth. Long, soft, fine grained finish.
Warm and early, dry
||Combination of French oak cuves & open top stainless steel tanks
||French oak barriques
|New barrel %:
||Yes - Coarse
Date: November 2015
Publication: Air New Zealand Wine Awards 2015
Pure Gold Medal Winner
Date: May 2015
Publication: International Wine Challenge 2015
Trophy & Gold Medal Winner
"A supremely sophisticated wine. Notes of spices, Christmas cake and raspberries dusted with icing sugar. Hints of crushed cardamom and damson plums. Balanced grippy tannins make this a brilliant wine for the table. Will develop with age."
Date: October 2015
Publication: Wine Spectator
"Elegant, with dried floral, baked apple and white pepper aromas and Earl Grey tea, wet clay and wild strawberry notes, Supple texture."
- MaryAnn Worobiec
Publication: Raymond Chan Wine Reviews
5 Stars, 18.5 Points
"This is an elegantly rich, complex and savoury flavoured Pinot Noir with freshness and fine structure."
- Raymond Chan
Publication: Bob Campbell Wine Reviews
5 Stars, 95 Points
“This seamless, silken-textured Pinot Noir is very seductive indeed. I detected a real vineyard character – red cherry, violets and subtle spices and a sinewy structure covered by a flesh of sweet fruit. ”
- Bob Campbell MW