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Ra Nui Pinot Noir

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Ra Nui Pinot Noir

Region Wairau Valley Pinot Noir

vintage: Current Vintage (Enquiries Welcome)

Winemaker Steve Hotchin

Colour Light red in colour.

Analysis Alc 13.5% RS 1 g/L TA 5.1 g/L

Aroma The nose exhibits enticing aromas of ripe black cherries, black plums and some pepper and spice, distinctly Pinot Noir.

Palate On the palate these cherries and black fruit notes are smoothly carried by balanced oak, smooth tannins and soft acidity. A long richly textured finish. A softly textured delight – perfect food wine
Marlborough in a glass!!

 

Vineyards

Grapes were sourced from two Wairau Valley vineyards to make this wine. The majority of the fruit was from our own Delta Hill vineyard, a small hillside vineyard close planted at over double the normal NZ vine density. The Delta Hill is one of the highest altitude vineyards in Marlborough and is cooler than the valley floor. Planted with eight different clones of Pinot Noir on various low vigour rootstock resulting in small berries, low yield per vine and concentrated flavours. The soil comprises low vigour loess with some gravel and clay components. The balance of fruit came from within the Wairau Valley
from a vineyard on the southern side, a small vineyard dry farmed with a mixture of
older clones of Pinot Noir.


Season 11/12
We had a cool start to the growing season and most of the summer was cool with, it seemed, many overcast days and cold nights. A poor flowering for Pinot Noir (which is an early budder), with the final crop loading of Pinot Noir being 40% lower than normal. The only upside was that as we headed towards harvest the weather stayed good with little rain and some nice warm days to make up for the lack of previous warmth. The Growing Degree Days for the growing season (July to April) were 1,218 compared to the long term average of 1,347.


Vinification
The fruit was all hand picked in perfect condition between 4th April and 13th April 2012. Hand picked into small bins the grapes were immediately transported to the winery and on arrival were further sorted and then transferred directly into a desteemer/crusher and into small open topped fermenters. We then gave the must a cold soak for three days, with regular hand plunging, this aids extraction of colour and tannins. The must was then warmed in order to start fermentation, and over this period hand plunging continued to break up the cap. After fermentation the wine was pressed off into French 225 litre barriques, primarily one to four year old barriques, with 10% new. The wine was then aged for 9 months, with regular scrutiny and any topping up of barrels that wash needed. The wine was fined with egg whites for clarity, prior to blending the various clones and bottling. The wine was stored for three months prior to release.



Tasting Notes
Light red in colour. The nose exhibits enticing aromas of ripe black cherries, black plums and some pepper and spice, distinctly Pinot Noir. On the palate these cherries and black fruit notes are smoothly carried by balanced oak, smooth tannins and soft acidity. A long richly textured finish.
A softly textured delight – perfect food wine - Marlborough in a glass!!

Alc 12.8%    RS 1 g/L    TA 5.1 g/L


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