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2009 PINOT NOIR

WINEMAKING NOTES

The Pinot Noir was grown on the heavier soils on the upper terrace of Askerne Vineyard. The fruit was hand harvested from 31/3 to 6/4/09 at around 25 brix. It is predominantly 667 & 777 clones with Abel, 5 and 10/5. It was destemmed and crushed, then macerated and fermented in tank. The wine was aged for 10 months in French oak barriques (a mix of 35% new, 20% 1 yr and 45% older).

ANALYSIS

pH 3.8

TA 6 g/l

Residual Sugar ˂1g/l

Alcohol 14.5%

TASTING NOTES

Traditional winemaking techniques have produced this classical red wine that exhibits cherry and raspberry characters on the nose with hints of oak and tamarillo. These characters follow through into the firm and vibrant, fruit driven palate. Ageing potential 3 to 5 years. A good accompaniment for venison or lamb.

AWARDS

Bronze Medal NZ International Wine Awards 2010

Bronze Medal Royal Easter Wine Show 2011