The 2007 Pinot Noir was sourced from our three Pinot Noir vineyards. The soil types vary from Rapaura riverstone to the clay loam of the upper Brancott Valley. The effects of the climatic differences within the Wairau Valley also add to the complexity of flavors found within the grapes. A classical blend of six Pinot Noir cultivars each impart their unique flavors to the wine.
Spring 2006 was beautiful and sunny with plenty of seasonal winds. Southerly storms dropped snow in the surrounding hills in November and December causing some crop reduction in the Pinor Noir. The summer was warm throughout January and February. Ripe clutches were hand picked and traditional fermentation techniques were followed by maturation for ten months in french oak. This wine shows an intense bouquet of dark cherry, black berry and violets. On the palate hints of smoke, coffee and chocolate accompany the rich berry and dark cherry flavors. French oak and silky grape tanins are well integrated and the wine has great palate length and balance.