2014 Maori Point Pinot Noir
2014 was very settled, characterized by a warm spring with few frosts, and gentle winds. Flowering was in early December and calm weather led to an excellent fruit set. After a cooler-than-usual January, we settled into a warm Indian summer culminating in an early harvest, starting April 8th. Crop level was slightly higher than average, with grapes in perfect condition.
Grapes were harvested by hand, primarily de-stemmed and crushed (about 5% was included as whole bunch), and placed in small open-top vessels. Fermentation was performed by native wild yeasts. Once dry, the wine was pressed and placed in French oak barrels (22% new) to mature for eleven months. Malolactic fermentation occurred naturally in barrels. The wine was bottled without fining or filtering.
Richly perfumed and balanced. The nose shows berry fruit and dark cherries interwoven with roasted almonds, hints of violets and sous bois. The palate adds savory and spice notes, and is framed by finely-textured tannins and well-balanced acidity. The lengthy finish reiterates the flavours and elegantly rounded textures that lend this wine generosity. We expect this wine to age well for five to ten years after release. 14.2% alc. Vegan friendly.