Wild Earth founder Quintin Quider is an expatriate Californian who has spent many years living on the South Island. He has gathered a small, dedicated team to produce his Wild Earth range in Central Otago. Established in 1998, Wild Earth Wines owns 35 hectares of vineyards in two of the region's finest locations - at the end of Felton Road overlooking the Kawarau River and in the North Lowburn district beneath the imposing Pisa Range.
The grapes for this single-vineyard wine come from the Terraces vineyard in Felton Road, Bannockburn which is planted with predominantly Dijon clones (777,115 ,114 and 667).
The 2014/15 growing season was cooler, with frosts challenging growers in both spring and late autumn. Summer was relatively dry, with good periods of warm days and cool nights. Pinot Noirs from this vintage are elegant and pure, characterised by exceptional fragrance.
The grapes were hand harvested at optimal ripeness from early to mid-April. Six separate ferments went into the blend, which used on average 20% whole clusters with a total time on skins between three and four weeks to boost the tannic structure and aromatics of the wine. Maturation took place in fine grained French oak barriques (25% new, 40% one-year old and the remainder between two and five years old), for approximately 12 months.
This wine is bright garnet in colour with aromas of plum, sweet cherry, wild flowers and sage. Red berry fruit complemented by mushroom notes dominate the harmonious palate which is well structured with silky, fine-grained tannins and well-integrated acidity.