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ELEPHANT HILL PINOT NOIR

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ELEPHANT HILL PINOT NOIRScrew Cap

High end New Zealand Pinot Noir, and the Kiwi's know a thing or two about high end Pinot Noir. This is very good.

Central Otago, New Zealand
2012
13% ABV.
100% Pinot Noir
75cl

£24.95

Price includes VAT

Tasting notes:

The wine shows typical Pinot Noir characters of red berry fruit and subtle floral characters followed by notes of bay leaf and spice. A perfectly balanced wine with soft tannins and excellent length.

About the wine:

Grapes for this wine were manually harvested from two sites in Alexandra and Tarras, Central Otago. The vineyards are located at an altitude of 229m and 313m above sea level.

Planted on well-drained Earnsleugh soil which is composed of a loamy silt over wind-blown alluvial schist, derived from the Fraser River. The average age of vines is 8 years; trained using a vertical shoot positioning system. A combination of clones were used in blending to showcase the broad flavour spectrum of Central Otago Pinot Noir.

After harvest, grapes were de-stemmed and cold soaked at 6°C for 12 days and fermented using indigenous wild yeasts in large open top oak cuvees and stainless steel tanks. Post-fermentation maceration was carried out for 1 week at 22°C. The wine was matured in 228L medium toasted French oak barriques - 35% new and 65% old for 11 months. The wine is left on its lees with monthly battonage for first 4 months. The wine undergoes malolactic fermentation in barrel.

About the producer:

Reydan and Roger Weiss first fell in love with the beauty of Te Awanga when visiting from Germany in 2001. Together they envisaged owning a state-of-the-art winery, merging the traditional values of winemaking with an innovative approach and contemporary style to produce exceptional wines to savour and enjoy.

With the majestic elephant as the company's namesake, Elephant Hill has over 61 hectares of vineyards in Te Awanga, Gimblett Gravels and Bridge Pa. Under the supervision of winemaker Steve Skinner they produce award-winning wines; classical, aromatic whites and world-class reds.

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