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Premium Pinots from across the world!
Hawkshead Pinot Noir Hawkshead Is a boutique Central Otago winery started by Denis Marshall & his partner Ulrike Kurenback when they bought some land in Gibbston, next to Valli Winery, in 1995, and after a wait, planted vines in 2001. Previously this property has been part of a merino sheep farm called Watiri Station. Initially, plantings were just Pinot Noir, but then Pinot Gris, Riesling and more recently Pinot Blanc were added. Their vision for growing vines with minimal interference to the natural environment meant they were able to create a sustainable, artisan winery coupled with the legendary winemaking skills of Dean Shaw, they were able to deliver vintages of the greatest character.
“Clearly, 2020 was a good vintage for Gibbston if this wine is any indication. Pinot noir with purity, power, and a strong sense of place. Red cherry and berry and fresh herb flavours underpinned by juicy acidity.” 93/100 Bob Campbell MW
Aurum Pinot Noir The Aurum story started back in 1997 when Joan and Tony Lawrence, decidedto follow their wine passion and make a lifestyle change by starting a winery in Central Otago. They found the site on the Pisa Flats near Cromwell and referencing the history of the gold prospectors that were there a century before them, they named the vineyard AURUM which is Latin for gold. The Lawrences’ “gold” would soon be of the liquid variety. They added a second vineyard in Lowburn in 2001, which became the Home Block. In 2010 they sold the 45th Parallel site (it’s now Domaine Rewa), and they have since developed another vineyard on the hillside overlooking the Home Block on Burn Cottage Road. In total they have 5 hectares. The Lawrence’s son, Brook, also became enamoured of the luscious liquid & after finishing his Oenology studies he crossed paths with lovely Lucie whilst both were working at the prestigious Burgundy estate, Domaine de l’Arlot. The Aurum family happily gained a third generation Burgundian ready to share her Old-World traditions and sensibilities with Brook’s New World innovation and Otago terroir.
Organics is the defining philosophy of their vineyard management and part of an overall goal to achieve continuous improvements in vineyard sustainability and to make better wines. The pinot noir grapes were mostly destemmed, cold soaked for 5 days and fermented in open vats with wild yeasts. The wine was matured in French oak barrels for 12 months. Unfined and unfiltered.
“Delicious pinot noir with cassis, dark berry, plum, spice and anise flavours that are flattered by spicy oak. The wine has an ethereal texture and power that's delivered with subtlety. Dangerously accessible now but no rush.” 94/100 Bob Campbell MW
Folium Pinot Noir What do you get when you mix Japanese sensibilities, U.S oenological training, Old World wine techniques and primo NZ dirt? You get Folium Vineyard’s Takaki Okada crafting supremely elegant and complex vinous jewels. These wines are made in Marlborough by a Japanese winemaker who reveres the intricacies of French Old-World wines and with his American schooling he cleverly wrests magical liquid from his dry-farmed organic certified Brancott Valley vines. This artisan winemaker/viticulturist, Takaki Okada is a one-man band doing everything by hand.
The Pinot Noir is hand harvested and everything is destemmed. Then it is fermented in open top fermenters with indigenous yeast, and it is pumped over for 2-3 minutes a day with no plunging, which is just enough to get gentle extraction. There’s no cold soak but the grapes are picked in the early morning, so fermentation takes a while to get going. The pinot is pressed to French oak, between 20-33% new depending on the vintage.
Silky, spicy, and smart, with a beautifully concentrated core of bright red fruit with the added complexity of savoury, earthy notes, and a truly fine textural element. The structure has been helped along thanks to spending 16 to 18 months in French oak barriques. This is exceptionally good in the superb 2019 Marlborough vintage.
Maison Louis Jadot Bourgogne, This Maison is a true French icon. Thirteen Awards for Winery of the Year in the past 25 years certainly is testament to one of the most venerable, most trusted, and revered wine houses in Burgundy. Founded in 1859, the house now owns 528 acres of vineyards, including 280 acres of the Cote d’Or’s most prestigious Premier and Grand Cru plots. Jadot’s winemaking team has a ‘light hand’ maintaining a fine balance between tradition and technology in their winemaking. And for this Bourgogne Rouge Jadot’snumerous long-term relationships with wine growers guarantee that the highest-quality fruit is sourced every year from vineyards across the Côte d’Or and Côte Chalonnaise.
This wine was aged in French oak for 9 months to develop delightfully smooth tannins. This is an exceptionally elegant Pinot with complex aromas of baking spices, plums, raspberries &cherries with fresh red fruit flavours in the mouth. Layered with earthy forest floor notes, mushroom, & minerally elements with a slight peppery vegetal character on the finish. Smart,elegant & with balanced acidity.
Schubert Marion’s Vineyard Pinot Noir Schubert Wines is the dynamic vision of Kai Schubert and Marion Deimling, graduates of the esteemed Viticulture and Oenology University of Geisenheim, Germany. Kai had the experience of working for the legendary winemaker Erni Loosen of Dr. Loosen Estate in Bernkastel. Marion grew up amongst the vines around Lake Constance and worked at wineries in the Baden region, the southernmost wine region of Germany. After graduating they both worked in numerous wine regions of the world. And, of course, Kai and Marion dreamed of establishing their own vineyard. Thus began their pursuit of the perfect terroir to produce wines and, more specifically, pinot noir of uncompromising quality. A world search was undertaken, which eventually brought the young winemakers to Martinborough, New Zealand. In 1998 Kai and Marion purchased a small established vineyard in Martinborough as well as 40 hectares of bare land in the East Taratahi sub-region. Here in 1999 and 2000 they planted the variety of their dreams – Pinot Noir, as well as some other varieties, all of which gained organic certification in 2013.
With their own international winemaking experience, Kai and Marion believe that the Wairarapa offers a unique blend of topography, ancient geology, and climate to produce world class Burgundian-style Pinot Noir. Their 14 hectares of wines are closely planted in the traditional, European style and the unique climate produces low yields.
If you are a Pinot Noir fan, you must discover the purity, power, and precision of Schubert Wines’ NZ Pinots, and obviously this fine jewel, Marion’s Vineyard Pinot Noir 2019 is a sensuous starting point. As described by acclaimed wine critic Bob Campbell, Master of Wine:
“A deeply-scented pinot noir with ripe and concentrated flavours including cassis, BlackDoris plum, red rose, anise, spicy French oak, and dark chocolate. A powerful wine that can be appreciated now but will certainly reward cellaring. The best Marion's Vineyard I have yet tasted.”96/100points
The Marion’s Vineyard Pinot Noir is aged in 35% new and 65% used French oak barriques for 18 months.
Mountford Pinot Noir The wines of Mountford Estate have a cult-like following of devotees around the world. Mountford Estate is a boutique winery nestled in a park-like environment on the Northwest face of the Waipara Valley’s eastern hills below the Teviotdalerange. Dubbed the golden mile, the aspect gains high amounts of light and heat. The soils, which are marl (active limestone), add a fine minerality to the finished wines. Planting started in 1991, the first wines were released in 1995, and a winery was completed in 1998.
At Mountford Estate, they create wines of character and quality through a policy of watchful, non-interventionist winemaking. A combination of new and traditional techniques and technology are used. Mountford Estate has transitioned to using native yeasts, low sulphur and like all past vintages their wines continue with a no fining or filtration policy where possible. They believe that this is the way to gain a true expression of site and vintage
The 15-acre vineyard which contains 11 different rootstocks and 17 different clones of Pinot Noir and Chardonnay. Many individual small blocks are vinified separately before assemblage into the winery’s estate wines. The Mountford Estate viticulture emphasizes biodynamic methods.
This Pinot Noir comes from the youngest vines on the estate planted in 2008. This block was planted in a much higher density to create their own little microclimate and also allow each vine to put all its effort into the small number of bunches it is producing.
“Fresh, bright, high-energy pinot noir with cherry, red berry, fresh herb, spice & anise flavours" Bob Campbell, MW
"An irresistible buy, this is better than many Pinot Noirs selling for over $45. From estate-grown vines, mostly planted in 2009, it’s delicious now, with deep colour, a beguiling fragrance, mouth filling body and an array of cherry, plum, spice, herb and nut flavours, showing excellent complexity and personality" Michael Cooper.
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