2018 Kōparepare Marlborough Pinot Noir
Colour / Appearance: Warm crimson red.
Aroma / Bouquet: Lifted strawberry, cherry and raspberry fruit flavours, supported by savoury dried herbs and spices and attractive oak char.
Palate: A medium bodied wine, with savoury red fruits and oak spice laced onto a fine, silky tannin structure. The soft acid and tannin framework carry the wine to a long, full finish.
Cellaring: Best drunk fresh and young but will age well with careful cellaring for 2-3 years.
Food Match: Red meat and game dishes such as venison, duck and rare lamb.
Serve: Ambient temperature.
Residual Sugar: 1 g/L
Acidity: 5.3 g/L
Vine Management: Standard trellis with balanced pruning to two canes and vertical shoot positioning. Vines are trimmed closely, well tucked, and leaf plucking is minimal. Two vineyard passes of cluster thinning are used to reduce the crop and diseased fruit and ensure evenly ripened and balanced fruit.
Climate: Budburst was slightly earlier than normal and the weather warmer than average. The early part of the season was notable for no frost events. In November, the weather became dry and the timing of the season returned to the long term average with some cooler days. Hot, dry weather in early December, resulted in a very good fruit set, and a rapid advancement in vine growth. The remainder of summer remained very hot and a number of unseasonal rain events added some disease pressure and required astute vineyard management. However, in March and April, the region was exposed to perfect late season ripening conditions of warm, sunny days and cool nights, resulting in intense fruit flavours.
Winemaking: The grapes were hand harvested in vineyard batches, destemmed and lightly crushed to small open-top fermenters. A five to six day cold soak was followed by a rapid fermentation. Some batches were allowed to ferment with indigenous yeast, and some with the selected strains. Fermentations were allowed to peak at 32 °C, and frequent hand-plunging to wet the cap was employed in the early stages of ferment. The wine was drained off early at around 0°Brix, and the skins pressed very lightly. Heavy pressings were treated separately. The wine was matured in French oak barriques for 10 months. 35% of these barriques were new.
- "Sweetly fruited and seductively fragrant, the bouquet shows dark cherry, mushroom and mixed spice characters with a hint of cedar. It's smooth and supple on the palate, delivering fleshy texture and polished tannins, making it comforting and delectably appealing. At its best: now to 2022." 91/100 Points, Sam Kim, Wine Orbit, NZ
- "A lighter weight wine with aromas of red cherry and apple, strawberry and plum. A fine oak layer with flavours of clove and vanilla. On the palate - crisp, tense and dry with flavours that reflect the plum, cherry and vanilla of the bouquet. Fine tannins with medium acidity, balanced and well made. Ready to enjoy from today and through 2025." 90/100 Points, Cameron Douglas, NZ
- "This is a very good quality Pinot Noir with earthy notes adding complexity to the wine’s fruit flavours. It’s medium bodied with a lingering, refreshing finish and it totally over delivers for the price." Joelle Thomson, NZ