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2014 Auntsfield Marlborough Pinot Noir

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Winemaker's Notes

Auntsfield continues the proud heritage of Marlborough’s first vineyard and winery established in 1873. Our Single Vineyard wines are made from grapes grown at Auntsfield Estate. Each wine shows the distinctive characteristics of ripeness, texture and minerality - qualities unique to the ancient Greywacke rock and Loess clay soils of the vineyard. Pinot Noir holds a special place in our hearts. We grow the grapes and make this wine with particular care and attention. The resulting wines are distinctive for their lifted aromatics, silky mouth feel and the powerful expression of pure fruit, ripe tannin and balanced oak.

Colour: Deep ruby.

Aroma: Dark cherry, blackberry and floral aromas are complimented by more savoury aromas of dark chocolate, forest floor and cigar box.

Palate: The palate of this wine shows a rich silky texture which is full and concentrated. Interwoven flavours of spice, dark fruit and savoury characters are revealed by a succulent and fine tannin structure. The structure of this wine is tight, yet rich and full with seamless length.

Winemaker Notes: This wine was made with a minimalist philosophy, designed to enable the characteristics of the grapes and the vineyard to be revealed. The fruit was hand-harvested, hand-sorted, gently de-stemmed and gravity-fed to tank. Fermented with a combination of indigenous and cultured yeasts, careful hand plunging was utilised to gently extract flavours and tannins from the skins. Maturation occurred in French oak barriques for approximately 10 months.

Viticulturalist Notes: The 2014 season was characterised by naturally low yields and warm settled weather with very little rainfall. Autumn produced cool and settled conditions which were some of the best seen in many years. This ripened small berried Pinot Noir with near perfect small to medium sized bunches.

Alc/vol: 14.0%

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2014 Auntsfield Marlborough Pinot Noir

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Michael Cooper (2014 Vintage) says
Grown on north-facing slopes at Auntsfield, on the south side of the Wairau Valley, the 2014 vintage is impressive. Matured for 10 months in French oak casks (31 per cent new), it is deeply coloured, mouthfilling, warm and concentrated,with very ripe plum, cherry and spice flavours, nutty and savoury, good tannin backbone and strong personality.

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