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Marlborough experienced a mild-to-cool spring period, which ensured that the vines naturally produced lighter than average yields. These mild temperatures then extended into the summer months, coupled with an unseasonal period of rain, which ultimately alleviated the drought conditions experienced over the past two years. This Pinot Noir was harvested in excellent condition and resulting wines are showing the wonderful typicity that the Seaview Vineyard is known for – lifted fruit flavours in the red berry spectrum balanced with earthy savoury notes, vibrancy, purity and structure.
The Seaview Vineyard in the Awatere Valley is exposed to some of the toughest growing conditions in Marlborough; high sunshine and wind, cool nights and low rainfall which produces a smaller, thicker skinned berry with intense fruit flavours. This wine is sourced from two different locations in the Seaview Vineyard and both are a mixture of Dijon clones 777 and 667. One site, that was picked on the 2nd of April is our flattest and one of the most sheltered parts of the vineyard. It is only 2m above sea level and is 1km away from the ocean. The other location was picked on the 9th of April and it is an exposed ridge, 150m above sea level that drops down a north facing slope to a sheltered gully. The unique micro climates within the block ensure low yields which consistently produce Pinot Noir with good structure and flavour.
The two parcels were picked one week apart, when the fruit was showing perfect ripeness and balanced fruit flavours. The parcels were cold macerated at 6–8 degrees for 5 days before being warmed and inoculated with selected yeast. A fast, hot fermentation proceeded with regular hand plunging to craft a wine with elegance and structure. Post primary fermentation the parcels were gently pressed off, settled for 24 hours then racked off heavy lees and aged in a mixture of large format French oak cuves and barriques. The wine remained in oak for 9 months and was then stabilised and filtered prior to bottling.
On the nose, this wine exhibits notes of sweet dark cherry, violets and smoky-spice. The palate is full and plush, yet lively with flavours of cedar and red liquorice balanced with silky tannins. This wine matches beautifully with red meat dishes, including venison and lamb.
This wine is suitable for vegetarians and gluten free diets.