Nanny Goat Vineyard is a leader among Pinot Noir producers in the Central Otago region. Their with mounds of fresh berry fruit and intense lifted perfume notes of violet and blueberry. Still medium-bodied on the palate with soft, powdery tannin, this is a Pinot for the moment.
This luscious Central Otago Pinot Noir is loaded with black cherry fruit typical of the region, overlaid with spice and leather, dried thyme, bramble and violet notes, all with an appealing foresty edge. It's medium-bodied with stylish silky tannin and impressive length of flavour. Team it up with braised goat shoulder.
Hand-picked fruit was destemmed and cold soaked for up to seven days at 6˚C before being fermented using naturally occurring yeasts in open top stainless steel fermenters. Selected ferments received up to 30% whole bunch and up to 32 days total time on skins before pressing. Gently pressed and briefly settled, the wine was then transferred to French oak Barriques (225L) to undergo natural MLF and mature for 8 months before racking and blending. The resulting blend contains approximately 7.5% whole bunch and 15% new French oak.
The nose is dense and intriguing, with layered black and blue berry fruits, toasted spice, cola and an ethereal floral lift. The palate is velvety and plush up front, brimming with wild berry fruits, currants, lightly roasted coffee beans and just a hint of sweet baking spice. A streak of fine acidity brightens the mid palate, blending seamlessly with a veil of powdery fine tannins to lift the palate towards a satisfyingly elegant finish.
Nanny Goat Vineyard is named after the wild goats that roam the mountainous terrain of Central Otago. The name came about somewhat serendipitously in late 2004 during a trek to a restaurant nestled high above the picturesque town of Queenstown. What was supposed to be a relaxing stroll quickly became quite an ordeal with an unplanned deviation from the not so well-defined walking track. This journey became the inspiration for the naming of Nanny Goat Vineyard. The gentle terrain quickly transformed, leaving all concerned to navigate some rather perilous ground. The name “Nanny Goat Vineyard” stuck. It seemed to be a fair reflection of the determination to succeed, adapt and thrive in the rugged and often extreme climates of Central Otago; much like the nimble and sure footed wild goats of the region have done since time immemorial. From their inception and the inaugural release of their Pinot Noir in 2005, Nanny Goat Vineyard has strived to produce wines with elegance, concentration and balance whilst allowing each individual parcel of fruit to tell its unique story.