Pinot Noir, Te Muna Road Vineyard

Te Muna Road Vineyard Pinot Noir
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.

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  • Bright red cherry colour with a crimson hue. Seductive aromas of dark cherry, dried rose petals, thyme and damp earth. Beautifully varietal, elegant and long on the palate. Medium weight red fruit richness and fine-grained tannins are drawn out long across the palate by acidity to create a finish which is savoury and dry.

  •  Warm and early, excellent

    Brix:   24.3 average 
    Production level: 52 hl/ha
    Hand harvested: 100%


    Whole bunch:  15%    
    Destemmed:  85%    
    Fermentation vessel:    Combination of French oak cuves & open top stainless steel tanks
    Fermentation:    Indigenous
    Barrel type:    French oak barriques
    New barrel %:   22%   
    Maturation:  10 months  
    Fining:    No
    Filtration:   Yes - Coarse 
    Bottled:    March-15


    Alcohol:    13.8
    Residual sugar:    Nil
    pH:    3.63
    Acidity:5.1  g/l

  • Date: May 2016

    Publication: WineFront
    94 Points 
    "Pretty easy to see its class. It’s satiny and spicy and doesn’t feel in any way overdone, and yet it still offers more than enough fruit power. Cherry plum with rose petals and dark, chocolatey earth. It rolls and then rumbles through the palate, grainy tannin impressing through the back half; indeed it finishes quite sinewy."