AWARDS & ACCOLADES
Pure Gold - Bragato Wine Awards 2013 (NZ)
5 Stars – Michael Cooper’s Buyer’s Guide to New Zealand Wines 2013
5 Stars - Winestate Magazine, February/March 2012 (Aus)
5 Stars (93 Points) – Bob Campbell, Gourmet Traveller Wine Magazine Oct/Nov 2012 (AUS)
91 Points – Lisa Perrotti-Brown (MW) erobertparker.com, October 2012
4.5 stars - Winestate 2013
Vineyards: Taylors Pass Vineyard, Marlborough
Vineyard Yield: 2.0 – 2.5kg/vine
Vintage Detail: The 2010 vintage was cooler than average, with regular rain up to late February, concluding with a long, dry and warm autumn.
Hand Harvested: 100%
SOILS AND VITICULTURE
The picturesque Taylors Pass Vineyard is located on the north bank of Marlborough’s meandering Awatere River. With soil ranging from silty loam over gravels to deep, stony gravels, the vineyard consistently produces ripe and full flavoured fruit. The grapes come from a mix of clones and pruning techniques providing the winemaking team with an array of primary characters to work with. The fruit was hand picked at the optimum point in its flavour development.
Whole Bunch: No
Cap Management: Hand plunged
Fermentation Vessel: Open top
Barrel Type: Fine French
New Barrel: 30%
Maturation: 16 months
Fining: Gentle egg white
Bottled: September 2011
This wine has been gently crafted using a minimalistic approach to winemaking. With an aromatic bouquet of red and dark cherry the perfume is alluring and refined. The palate has layers of concentrated fruit displaying gentle spice, delicate oak handling and a long grainy texture. This stylish wine is sleek and succulent with charming balance and elegance.
Will reward with up to 10 years of careful cellaring.
Region: 100% Marlborough
Varieties: 100% Pinot Noir
Total acidity: 6.3gL
Residual sugar: Nil