Case Price: $299.94 (6 x 750ml)
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|Our Price: $49.99 / bottle (RRP: $70.00 )||Case: 6 x 750ml|
'Michael is a deep thinker, one of the most perceptive, intelligent, considered yet rebellious winemakers. After 20-plus years making wine, he no longer accepts anything as given. He doesn’t simply question the status quo, he challenges it.'
Michael Glover's Mammoth Pinot Noir is made using fruit from a small area of organically tended vines in the heavy clays of Moutere, NZ. The vineyard is dry grown and gained its organic certification in 2011. The gravel studded clay of this terroir is low in fertility but has the advantage of retaining enough moisture through the summer months to avoid the need for supplementary irrigation. This clay is also instrumental in building the tannic backbone evident in some of the better Moutere Pinot Noirs.
The winemaking follows that of previous releases (i.e. natural ferments and 100% whole bunches), although this year, in response to the season and to avoid excessive extraction, the wines had only 4 pigeage 'events', as Michael Glover calls them. The wines also spent an additional 6 months in barrel; in total one year in 1/3 new Ana Sélection hogsheads and then a further 12 months in older barriques. Glover felt this extra time in oak was important due to the power and abundant tannins in 2015.
Even with the minimal extraction, the Mammoth 2015 Pinot Noir is a dark and brooding Pinot with fabulous depth, power and length. There's serious concentration but the wine remains bright and savoury with a certain bloody, sappy core and an abundance of fine tannins. An absolutely brilliant expression of Pinot Noir from the Upper Moutere hills which will be even better with time in the bottle or now with the right food.
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