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2018 Meltwater Marlborough Pinot Noir

2018 Meltwater Marlborough Pinot Noir

$33.99 Per Bottle

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$203.94 (Case 6 x 750ml)

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  • THE BRIEF
  • THE FINER DETAILS
  • WHO MADE IT?
  • THE BRIEF
  • The second label to Mike Patterson's Corofin wines, Meltwater showcases bright and approachable wines from Marlborough.

    The 2018 Pinot Noir is filled with red cherry/berry character, balanced with earthy, savoury tones, that deliver complexity and depth on the palate.

  • THE FINER DETAILS
  • Fruit sourced from a sustainably farmed, grower vineyard in the Ben Morven sub-region of Marlborough. Hand harvested into small bins, the fruit was carefully sorted on arrival at the winery. A small portion (10%) of whole bunches went into the tank with the balance destemmed and the must spent twelve days on skins. The fermentation was with indigenous yeast in two-three year old French oak barrels. The wine was racked to tank post-malo in December 2018 and allowed to settle prior to bottling, unfined and unfiltered, with minimal sulphur, in February 2019.

    WHAT SHOULD YOU EXPECT?


    Lovely light 'Pinot' colour. There are generous aromatics of red fruits and attractive florals. Also a hint of something earthy. The palate is succulent, juicy and bright with vibrant red fruits, a whiff of smoke and a smack of sappiness adding interest and depth.

  • WHO MADE IT?
  • Established in 2011, Corofin is the new home for ex-Jackson Estate winesmith Mike Paterson and his partner Anna, until recently GM at TerraVin. At this early juncture, while Mike is contracted to another project and Anna busy raising the couple’s two young daughters, Corofin craft two (soon to be three) single-vineyard Pinot Noirs, each in tiny 100-150-case lots. You can read about two of these “pretty special Marlborough sites” below (the third being the Weavers’ ‘Waihopi Slopes’ at Churton). Not too far down the line we’ll see a little Chardonnay as well. For the time being the wines are made out of temporary digs at Fromm. Having spent the majority of their working years in and about Marlborough, Mike and Anna have no doubt regarding the potential of their adopted region, and were well placed to approach their first choice of vineyards. Indeed, Paterson’s selection of sites reflects both a winemaker’s enthusiasm for Marlborough’s Southern Valley hillside vineyards plus the dedication of certain grape growers whose vineyards he believes ‘act as a beacon of Marlborough individuality’. Not by accident do these growers focus on organic and/or biodynamic principles. In addition, Paterson’s artisanal approach in the winery does the necessary justice to each site; hand-harvesting and sorting, whole berry/cluster ferments, fermentation with indigenous yeast, no fining nor filtration and zero new wood, with the wines raised in 2-4 year old barrels. In a region where for much of the time money talks and terroir walks, Corofin’s 2013s show that great, singular terroir is thriving in Marlborough (a cliché that has sometimes hit troubled waters in its journey across the ditch). Paterson goes one step further in demonstrating that precocious, ripe Marlborough Pinot can be made without confected fruit, nor winemaking artefact—Paterson’s are beautifully aromatic, detailed and sculpted Pinot Noir, which combine the best of all worlds: finesse, freshness, terroir transparency. We can already tell you he’s got a similar way with Chardonnay. The wines have the aromatic prowess and elegant texture that will appeal to Burgundy fanatics, but also youthful generosity and reasonable price tag; qualities all Pinot lovers can get behind. In short, we’re delighted to be working with this talented and classy young project.