A captivating, rich and complex Pinot Noir displaying both purity and finesse. The seductive perfume aromas of ripe red fruits, violets and gentle spice are hallmark characters of classic Marlborough Pinot Noir.
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The Southern Clays vineyard is located in the Southern Valleys sub-region within the Wairau Valley, situated on the dry eastern foothills of Marlborough. This sunny, warm and sheltered vineyard site produces Pinot Noir wines with sweet bright red fruits, coffee and spices on the nose. On the palate, the tannins are velvety and focused with subtle French oak supporting the intense cherry and liquorice flavours.
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Vineyards and Winemaking
The vineyard has wind-blown clay soils with alluvial silts and in this relatively warm and sheltered site, produces wines exhibiting dark fruits and structural but finely grained tannins. The 2015 growing season will be remembered as one of the stronger years due to a long warm summer and modest crop levels. The low rainfall at the beginning of harvest gave the vines just the lift they needed to push the fruit through to perfect ripeness of flavours, acids and tannins.
Poise, presence and seamlessness are all terms that apply to this wine, No.1 NZ Pinot Noir - tasting #188.Cuisine Magazine