Hans Herzog Marlborough Pinot Noir

Pinot Noir 2016

Regular price $64.00 Sale

500 years of Pinot winegrowing heritage and 50 years’ experience crafting it, peak in one of the most magnificent but understated Pinot Noirs of New Zealand. Hans’ experience with this variety makes for a powerful and rich portrayal of Burgundy’s greatest varietal. Striking aromas with Hans’ signature purity and silky texture. Matured in the finest French oak barriques for 18 months and matured for 3+ years in bottle before it is released. One for the ages.

Vintage 2016+

A warm spring made for perfect flowering and fruit set. A beautiful dry summer and autumn matched by cooler night-time temperatures made for an ideal long growing season allowing the flavours in the fruit to excel. We handpicked a tiny yield of less than 700g/vine of lucious, physiological ripe grapes from our 20 years old vines for a vibrant alluring Pinot.

Hans’ Winemaking Comments+

'Hand-picking only perfectly healthy grapes allowed a prolonged cold soak for a slow, soft extraction of colour and flavours from the grape skins. The must then went naturally through a wild fermentation for a true expression of the grape variety and its terroir, as it is not influenced by added yeast. In total, the must was left 24 days on the skins before being pressed and transferred into French Allier barriques (40% new) for the natural malolactic fermentation. The young wine was matured for a long 20 months in the same barrels making it a contender for a long life. Unfined & unfiltered to retain the great flavours. Vegan. Natural sediments may show.'

Tasting Notes+

Juicy red-cherries and raspberries for a gorgeous sweet palate entry. Vibrant savoury notes of dried herbs, earthiness and a hint of chocolate. Show-stopping in its effortless intensity and infinite purity. This wine is persistent and balanced, keeping the tannin and acidity interlinked right the way through to the last sip with an excellent freshness. A powerful and rich portrayal of Burgundy’s greatest varietal with Hans’ signature silky texture. A complex, masculine style of Pinot Noir which makes this a very special wine and one to keep for the ages. Tasted Sept 2020.

Technical Data+

Variety

100% Pinot Noir

Clones

Pommard clones UDC5; Dijon clones 114, 115, 667, 777; Swiss clone 10/5

Rootstock

3309 / SO4 / Riparia Gloire

Vine Planted

1996

Soil

Shallow (<45 cm) well drained sandy and gravelly soil with clay-sand patches from stony alluvium.

Planting Density 5,500 vines/ha

Yield

3t/ha

Alcohol

14%

Residual Sugar

<1g/L

Ageing Potential

10+ years

Bottles Produced

2,740

Food Matching Suggestions+

A perfect match for almost anything! But particularly great with pork, lamb and pasta dishes.

Industry Reviews+

The Real Review – 94 points

“Complex pinot noir with an array of flavours including coffee, plum, rhubarb, mixed spice, cedar and toasty oak characters. A richly-textured wine showing appealing 'forest floor' and 'beef tea' bottle development“ Bob Campbell

Michael Cooper – 5/5 stars

“The impressive 2016 vintage (5*) was estate-grown on the northern side of the Wairau Valley, hand-picked and matured for 20 months in French oak barriques (partly new). It has deep, still fairly youthful colour and a fragrant, savoury bouquet. Mouthfilling, with concentrated, ripe cherry, plum and spice flavours, it shows excellent complexity, with finely balanced tannins and lots current-drinking appeal.”