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2017 Auntsfield Single Vineyard Pinot Noir

2017 Auntsfield Single Vineyard Pinot Noir

'Deep-tinted pinot noir, with the seductive flavours of dark-fleshed plum, black cherry, liquorice, wood-smoke and spicy oak. Impressive depth and intensity with a rich, smooth texture. Delicious now, better later'
96 Points - Bob Campbell

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  • Auntsfield Estate is the home of Marlborough's first colonial vineyard and winery. The original vineyard was established in 1873 and made highly regarded wine for over 50 years. The dramatic hillside vineyard with its unique variety of soils is again producing premium wines under the guidance of the Cowley family. The proud heritage of the land is the inspiration to produce exciting hand crafted wines of balance and individuality that display the special terroir of this historic Marlborough vineyard.

    This Single Vineyard Pinot was made with a minimalist philosophy, designed to enable the characteristics of the grapes and the vineyard to be revealed. The fruit was hand-harvested, hand-sorted, gently destemmed and gravity-fed to tank. Fermented with a combination of indigenous and cultured yeasts, careful hand plunging was utilised to gently extract flavours and tannins from the skins. Maturation occurred in French oak barriques for approximately 10 months.

  • WINEMAKER'S NOTES

    Deep ruby. Rich black cherry and plum fruit is subtly lifted by layers of dark red florals and complex savoury aromas of dark chocolate, cigar box and olive tapenade. The palate of this wine shows a rich silky texture, which is full and concentrated. Flavours of ripe berry fruit and dark plum fill the pallet. This fruit is supported by powerful yet fine polished tannins giving a plush yet silky texture with seamless length.

    Analysis: Alc. 14.0% | pH 3.5 | TA 5.1

    Winemaker Notes: This wine was made with a minimalist philosophy, designed to enable the characteristics of the grapes and the vineyard to be revealed. The fruit was hand-harvested, hand-sorted, gently destemmed and gravity-fed to tank. Fermented with a combination of indigenous and cultured yeasts, careful hand plunging was utilised to gently extract flavours and tannins from the skins. Maturation occurred in French oak barriques for approximately 10 months.

    Viticultarist: The 2017 season was characterised by a cold spring and cool growing season, resulting in low natural cropping levels. A long Autumn produced excellent conditions, allowing the fruit to ripen over an extended period of time providing clean fruit with small dark berries. A season that rewarded vigilance, lower cropping levels and an earlier ripening period before any late Autumn rain.

    TASTING NOTES

    Our Single Vineyard wines are made from grapes grown at Auntsfield Estate. Each wine shows the distinctive characteristics of ripeness, texture and minerality – qualities unique to the ancient Greywacke rock and Loess clay soils of the vineyard. Pinot Noir holds a special place in our hearts. We grow the grapes and make this wine with particular care and attention. The resulting wines are distinctive for their lifted aromatics, silky mouth feel and the powerful expression of pure fruit, ripe tannin and balanced oak.

  • REVIEWS

    'Grown on north-facing slopes at Auntsfield, on the south side of the Wairau Valley, the 2017 vintage is impressive. Matured for 10 months in French oak casks (28 per cent new), it is a powerful wine with bold, purple-flushed colour. Mouthfilling and very sweet-fruited, it is overflowing with ripe, plummy, spicy flavours, with good tannin backbone, and obvious cellaring potential; open 2021+'
    5 Stars - Michael Cooper


    'Deep-tinted pinot noir, with the seductive flavours of dark-fleshed plum, black cherry, liquorice, wood-smoke and spicy oak. Impressive depth and intensity with a rich, smooth texture. Delicious now, better later'
    96 Points - Bob Campbell


    1 of 82 wines selected for the exclusive Fine Wines of New Zealand List, compiled by leading wine experts to showcase New Zealand wines that go above and beyond in displaying consistent quality and distinction. (Single Vineyard Pinot Noir 2017).
    Finalist - Fine Wines of New Zealand 2019


    'Very full, dark purple-hued ruby-red colour, youthful in expression. This has a firmly packed and deep nose of vibrant and bright dark-red berry and plum-fruit subtly entwined with a core of dark herbs, unfolding hints of liquorice and spice. Medium-full bodied, the palate has sweetly rich flavours of ripe dark-red and black-berried fruits harmoniously melded with plum notes. The fruit is plush and mouthfilling, and is supported by fine-grained, supple tannin extraction and grip. The acidity is soft and balanced. Notes of liquorice and herbs, along with spice unfold, as the wine carries to a soft, flavoursome finish. This is a sweetly rich dark-red and black berried and plummy Pinot Noir with spice and herb notes on a plush palate with supple structure. Match with duck and pork, or lamb and beef over the next 4+ years. Pinot Noir fruit hand-picked, destemmed and fermented partially by indigenous yeasts to 14.0% alc., the wine aged 10 months in 28% new French oak barriques. '

    18+/20 Points - Raymond Chan


    'From their estate vineyard in the Southern Valleys, this is magnificently fruited and inviting on the nose showing black cherry, plum, toasted almond, olive and floral characters. The palate is concentrated and plush, displaying excellent weight and depth, backed by fine, polished tannins. Powerful yet poised and harmonious with a gorgeous flowing mouthfeel. At its best: now to 2024. '
    95 Points - Sam Kim