Pinot Noir 2020

Pinot Noir 2020

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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 24 months and matured for 3+ years in bottle before it is released. One for the ages.

Vintage 2020+

The flowering was less than ideal, leading to irregular fruit set. However, the remainder of the growing season proved to be perfect, with a long Indian summer fostering the development of healthy and intensely flavourful berries. Despite the setbacks, we meticulously hand-picked the Pinot Noir grapes at an incredibly low yield of 400g per vine, surpassing even the strict standards of a Grand Cru Burgundy. Our 24-year-old vines yielded unparalleled, pure, physiologically ripe grapes, resulting in a wine of exceptional quality and character.

Hans’ Winemaking Comments+

The healthy fruit was carefully destemmed, retaining 40% as whole berries. The pure fruit underwent a four-day cold soak, protected by dry ice, to extract softer, richer colour, flavour, aromas and more supple tannins for a silky mouthfeel. The temperature was then allowed to rise gently, ensuring a natural, long, cool wild fermentation untainted by cultured yeast or additives, revealing the true essence of the grape variety and terroir integrity. With a total of 21 days on the skins, the young wine was gently pressed and transferred into French Allier barriques for malolactic fermentation. With 24 months in barriques, it emerges as a promising candidate for long-term aging. Finally, the wine was bottled unfined (vegan) and unfiltered at our winery, preserving the integrity of this magnificent Pinot Noir.

Tasting Notes+

With yields rivalling those of a Grand Cru, the dark ruby red hue of this Pinot Noir already hints at its Grandeur. Intensely aromatic, it presents luscious notes of dark berries, cherries, violet, and warm spices. Magnificent complexity unfolds on the palate, revealing a dry, deep, and earthbound character. Sumptuous and silky tannins are balanced by a savoury acidity, embodying the refined elegance characteristic of Burgundy's greatest varietal. Its long finish speaks to its aging potential, making it a superb addition to any Burgundy lover's cellar.

Technical Data+

Variety

100% Pinot Noir (Clones - UDC6; Dijon 667, 777; Swiss 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

Close planted at 5,500 vines/ha

Yield

1t/ha

Alcohol

13.8%

Residual Sugar

none, <1g/L

Ageing Potential

10+ years

Bottles Produced

1,365 bottles

 

Food Matching Suggestions+

Dry and elegant, our Pinots are famous for being the Sommeliers choice due to their ability to easily match many different dishes. Try with poultry, pasta dishes and casseroles, to name a few.