Greenhough Wines Hope Vineyard Pinot Noir 2014
Made from selected clonal parcels of fruit across the Hope Vineyard, certified organic since 2011. As a selection wine, it’s precise composition varies from one vintage to the next though our oldest vines comprise the basis of the blend. Clones UCD5 and AM10/5 typically provide depth of dark-red fruits while for this vintage, Dijon clone B777 offers brighter-red fruit highlight and fresh florals.
Vine density is moderately high at 3788 per hectare. Cane and spur pruned to a single fruiting wire with shoots trained vertically (VSP) to a simple, open canopy.
Fruit was hand harvested, chilled overnight and de-stemmed to open-top fermenters. Allowed to soak on skins for up to 6 days before indigenous fermentation began and then plunged twice daily. Total time on skins ranged from 19-26 days. Pressed, briefly settled and run to French oak barriques, 21% new where it remained for 12 months completing MLF during this time. The selected batches were blended and allowed to rest in tank for a further 8 months before bottling un-fined and with course filtration only.
On the nose is a depth of crushed red-berry fruit aromas, citrus florals, fragrant spices and subtle dried herbs. Medium-full bodied with a generous, silky core of concentrated dark-red berry flavours with savoury, secondary detail beginning to unfold. Sweet fruit is balanced by the texture and structure of fine-grained tannins and background acidity. Elegantly concentrated Pinot Noir.
“This is sweetly fragrant on the nose displaying dark cherry, plum, clove, dried herb and violet characters with nuances of truffle and cedar. The palate is concentrated and velvety, and offers terrific mid palate weight and silky texture, wonderfully framed by plenty of polished tannins. The wine is seamless and flowing, and seductive and gratifying. At its best: now to 2024. Certified organic.”
– wineorbit.co.nz, July 2016