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2010 Whitehaven Pinot Noir

Accolades

Gold Medal - Royal Easter Show 2012
Gold Medal - Spiegelau International Wine Competition 2011
Gold Medal - New Zealand International Wine Show 2011

Tasting Note

Colour / Appearance:Bright ruby with crimson hue.
Aroma / Bouquet:Lifted plum and fresh cherry fruit flavours, with notes of charry spice, mocha and sappiness from the oak.
Palate:This wine has an elegant, silky texture and an array of black fruits and secondary game flavours. The oak provides sappy, spicy complexity that supports the fruit and adds to the length on the finish.
Cellaring:Will age well with careful cellaring for 3 – 6 years.
Food Match:Try this wine with game meats such as duck or venison.
Serve:Room temperature

Wine Analysis

Alcohol:14.0%
Residual Sugar:1.8 g/L
Titratable Acidity:5.8 g/L
pH:3.53

Viticulture

Harvest Date:26th March - 16th April 2010
Locality:Fruit was sourced from four vineyards located in the Awatere, Wairau and Southern Valley sub-regions of Marlborough.
Climate:The early ripening season was cooler than average, resulting in a late flowering. Warm dry conditions over budburst and later in the season led to balanced yields, clean fruit and exceptional flavours.

Vinification

Winemaking:The fruit was hand-harvested in the cool autumn mornings. It was later de-stemmed and transferred to open top fermenting vats to cold soak for 5 – 6 days prior to fermentation. Extraction was done by hand-plunging 3-4 times daily to ensure gentle colour and flavour extraction. Racked into a combination of new and old French oak barrels the wine was left to mature in barrel and underwent a spontaneous malolactic fermentation in spring. The wine was barrel aged for 11 months and lightly fined prior to bottling.
Winemaker:Sam Smail

2010
Pinot Noir
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