This wine shares its name with the Nga Puhi chief Te Pahi, who was the first Maori Chief to have significant contact with British colonial officials. He was a good ambassador who helped form the colonial’s belief that contact with Maoris would benefit both parties. The Escarpment winemakers have taken a leaf out of Te Pahi’s book by drawing on ‘old world’ winemaking techniques to craft this exceptional red. The Pahi Pinot Noir is silky smooth with all the generous berry and cherry fruit flavours that you’d expect from a ‘new world’ red.
This wine was grown on the McCreanor Vineyard Princess Street, Martinborough from 27 year old vines. A combination of slightly heavier soils and a blend of clones, 10/5, Abel and Clone 5 always rewards us with this particular style; soft, ripe, pure fruit expressions in an exceedingly New World Pinot Noir.
It was open topped fermented using indigenous yeasts in traditional wooden cuvees, hand plunged every 12 hours, with a total vat time of 17 days. After pressing it was matured in 30% new French oak barriques for 18 months. It was ned using a minimum of egg whites to protect the avours and aid brightness in the glass without ltering, promoting soft mouth feel and texture.
It will continue to develop for up to 10 years and will always be a wonderful counterpart to any game food.