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2014 Auntsfield Marlborough Single Vineyard Pinot Noir

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Winemaker's Notes

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.

Viticulturist 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 Single Vineyard Pinot Noir

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Bob Campbell MW (2013 Vintage) says
Big, rich and strongly fruit-focused Pinot Noir with ripe Black doris plum, dark cherry, blackcurrant, vanilla, liquorice and spicy oak flavours with a seasoning of spice. Delicious now but with the potential to develop greater complexity in the years ahead. Drink 2015 to 2021.
Raymond Chan (2013 Vintage) says
Full, dark, moderately deep, purple-hued ruby-red colour, youthful in appearance. The nose is full with softly presented and harmonious aromas of ripe dark raspberry and plum fruit, subtly lifted by layers of ethereal dark red florals and unveiling dark herbal nuances. Medium-full bodied, plush but gently expressed flavours of ripe raspberries and dark red plums fill the palate, The fruit is supported by fine-textured tannin structure and soft acidity lending a smooth flowing mouthfeel. Dark red florals and nuances of spicy oak emerge, leading to a sweet plush, well-packed finish with some length. This is a full, plush, smooth-flowing Pinot Noir with raspberry and plum flavours and fine textures. Match with pork, lamb and beef dishes over the next 4-5 years. 50% clone 777, 30% Abel and 20% 667, fermented to 14.5% alc., the wine spending 16-21 days on skins and aged 10 months in 25% new French oak.

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