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Greywacke Pinot Noir

New Zealand | 2018

£32 a bottle

An ethereal concoction of red fruit and spices: juicy cherries, strawberries and cranberries, intermingled with suggestions of star anise and sarsaparilla, dark tobacco and cloves. This is a highly perfumed, aromatic style of Marlborough pinot, with exotic fruit sweetness and a delicate earthy infusion. The palate has considerable length and classic cool- climate vibrancy.

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Origin

A warm, dry spring and near perfect conditions during flowering resulted in one of the earliest and potentially largest harvests on record. Further warm conditions throughout the growing season and strict crop-thinning regimes pre-veraison ensured that the eventual moderate crops ripened evenly, well ahead of an average season. In mid-March, Fijian cyclone Lusi made a brief appearance bringing an inch of rain and a stiff breeze but harvest resumed a couple of days later. The following two weeks reverted to classic Marlborough summer with high sunshine hours, relatively warm temperatures and zero rainfall.

Producer

Greywacke was created in 2009 by Kevin Judd, the person responsible for the ground-breaking early wines produced in Marlborough. The name ‘Greywacke’ was adopted by Kevin for his first Marlborough vineyard, located in Rapaura, in recognition of the prevalence of rounded greywacke river stones in the vineyard’s soils. ‘Greywacke’ is a sedimentary rock that is widely found in Marlborough, consisting of layers of hard grey sandstone and darker mudstone.

Grape Variety

100% Pinot Noir

The grapes were hand harvested and chilled overnight prior to hand sorting. Most of the fruit was then de-stemmed into open-top fermenters, the majority of fermentations with partial whole bunch inclusion. The fruit was allowed to soak on skins prior to the onset of indigenous yeast fermentation, then plunged daily by hand. After fermentation the wine was pressed, racked and filled to French oak barriques (45% new).

Food Match

Ideal with beef, game & poultry.

Alcohol Percentage

13.5%

Additional information

Vintage

2018

Grape Variety

Country of Origin

Region

Marlborough

Style

Medium Bodied Reds

Food Pairing

Beef, Poultry

Alcohol Percentage

13.5%

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