Te Muna Road Vineyard Pinot Noir

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  • Vintage Details:

    Mild, dry, excellent

    Brix:   23.8 average 
    Production level: 47 hl/ha
    Hand harvested: 85%

  • Winemaking:

    Whole bunch:  10%    
    Destemmed:  90%    
    Fermentation vessel:    Combination of open top stainless steel tanks and French oak cuves
    Fermentation:    Inoculated
    Barrel type:    French oak barriques
    New barrel %:   27%   
    Maturation:  10 months  
    Fining:    No
    Filtration:   Yes
    Bottled:    Mar-12


    Alcohol:    13.7
    Residual sugar:    Nil  
    pH:    3.62
    Acidity: 5.3g/l

  • Tasting Notes:

    Deep red colour. Prominent aromatics of black cherry and boysenberry overshadow subtle notes of rose petal, bark, and a hint of fresh mint. Rich on the palate, fine oak and intriguing mushroom, soy and dried herb flavours provide complexity to the sweet dark fruited core of this wine. The finish is long and lithe.

  • Food Match:

    Game and lamb dishes

  • How it's Drinking:

    Recommended cellaring: 7 years from vintage

  • View Reviews of Wine:

    Date: May 2013
    Publication: Winestate
    4 1/2 Stars
    “Full-coloured, with fresh, concentrated plum and spice flavours, showing good complexity, and af airly firm, long finish. Weighty, rich and finely balanced.”
    - Michael Cooper

    March 2013
    Publication: Gourmet Traveller Wine
    94 Points
    “Shows great fruit purity with red cherry and raspberry to the fore. The palate has flesh and succulence with a fine, dry tannin balance. Bourne was impressed noting, “Lots of red fruit on the nose. Very delicate, with a hint of truffle. Intense flavours but very graceful and finishing with fresh acidity. It will grow in the bottle.””

    Date: December 2012
    Publication: www.jamessuckling.com
    90 Points
    “Very pretty strawberry and hints of spice on the nose. Full body, with medium tannins and a reserved finish. Linear through the palate. Shows tension.”
    - James Suckling

    November 2012
    Publication: Wine Orbit
    93 Points, 5 Stars
    “Graceful and elegant, this is a beautifully styled pinot displaying complex aromas of red cherry, game, mushroom and floral. The palate is juicy and rounded with lovely mid palate weight and texture, finishing long and silky.”
    - Sam Kim

    December 2012
    17½ Points
    “Lightish crimson. Youthful colour. Slightly medicinal red fruit and a touch floral. Youthful, more savoury style with some oak spice there too. Fine-boned structure. Moreish finish.”
    - Julia Harding MW

    August 2012
    Publication: www.raymondchanwinereviews.co.nz
    18 Points, 4 Stars
    “Moderately deep, light ruby-red colour with some purple hues on edge. The nose is elegant, but penetrating with very aromatic, lifted dark cherry and dark red floral aromas along with hints of spices and minerals. Medium-bodied, the palate is elegantly proportioned, showing bright, lively and fresh black cherry fruit flavours with violet florals. Moderate extraction has provided fine supple tannins, the acidity lively and prominent. Fresh herb and minerally nuances emerge from the fruit core, and the wine finishes with good length, carried by the acidity. This is an elegant Pinot Noir with bright fruit and freshness.”
    - Raymond Chan

    Date: November 2012
    Publication: Otago Daily Times
    4 Stars
    “With aromas suggesting dark berry fruit and spicy plums and underlying hints of mineral, this is mouth-filling, textural and persistent from beginning to end of the palate, and finishes with a powerful, long aftertaste. Big, but well balanced and finely structured.”
    - Charmian Smith

    Date: September 2012
    Publication: Manawatu Standard
    Sourced from one of the most spectacularly scenic vineyards in the Martinborough region comes this shiny new pinot which is already showing excellent depth of flavour for one so young. Sexy and fragrant, it already has fruit intensity, power and presence. Buy now and keep for a rainy day.”
    - Yvonne Lorkin

    Date: May 2013
    Publication: Geoff Kelly Wine Reviews
    4 Stars, 17.5 Points
    “If you ever wondered what good reputable pinot noir should smell like, this wine is a perfect illustration of what florality means in red cherry fruit. Aromas centre on roses but range from buddleia to boronia, just beautiful."
    - Geoff Kelly

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.