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Wine TierSingle Vineyard
VineyardTaylors Pass
TypePinot Noir

With an aromatic bouquet of red and dark cherry the perfume is alluring and refined. The palate has layers of concentrated fruit displaying gentle spice, delicate oak handling and a long grainy texture.

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Soils and Viticulture

The picturesque Taylors Pass Vineyard is located on the north bank of Marlborough’s meandering Awatere River. With soil ranging from silty loam over gravels to deep, stony gravels, the vineyard consistently produces ripe and full flavoured fruit. The grapes come from a mix of clones and pruning techniques providing the winemaking team with an array of primary characters to work with. The fruit was hand picked at the optimum point in its flavour development.

Vineyard Data

Vineyards: Taylors Pass Vineyard, Marlborough 
Vineyard Yield: 2.0 – 2.5kg/vine 
Vintage Detail: The 2010 vintage was cooler than average, with regular rain up to late February, concluding with a long, dry and warm autumn. 
Hand Harvested: 100%

Winemaking Data

Whole Bunch: No 
Destemmed: 100% 
Cap Management: Hand plunged 
Fermentation Vessel: Open top 
Barrel Type: Fine French 
New Barrel: 30% 
Maturation: 16 months 
Fining: Gentle egg white 
Filtration: Minimal 
Malolactic: 100% 
Bottled: September 2011

Serving Suggestion

Cellaring

Will reward with up to 10 years of careful cellaring.

Awards and Accolades

Pure Gold - Bragato Wine Awards 2013 (NZ)
5 Stars – Michael Cooper’s Buyer’s Guide to New Zealand Wines 2013 
5 Stars - Winestate Magazine, February/March 2012 (Aus) 
5 Stars (93 Points) – Bob Campbell, Gourmet Traveller Wine Magazine Oct/Nov 2012 (AUS) 
91 Points – Lisa Perrotti-Brown (MW) erobertparker.com, October 2012
4.5 stars - Winestate 2013

Tasting Note

This wine has been gently crafted using a minimalistic approach to winemaking. With an aromatic bouquet of red and dark cherry the perfume is alluring and refined. The palate has layers of concentrated fruit displaying gentle spice, delicate oak handling and a long grainy texture. This stylish wine is sleek and succulent with charming balance and elegance.