The banks of the Wairau River and Awatere Valley in Marlborough are home to our Southbank Estate Vineyards.
Long summer days, cool nights and free–draining gravel soils provide optimal growing conditions, allowing our grapes to ripen slowly and develop full concentrated flavours. Our attentive vineyard and winemaking team selectively harvest parcels of fruit that create full-flavoured, intense varietal wine.
Harvest date: 14th – 29th April 2012
Residual sugar: 2.0 g/l
Vineyards: Marlborough, Nelson and Central Otago
The 2012 vintage experienced a cooler spring with delayed bud burst, followed by damp conditions in the summer month of December that led to slow growth of the fruit. This created smaller bunches of fruit with intensity and concentrated flavour.
The low yielding Pinot Noir was picked ripe and all clones were harvested and made separately. The parcels were cold macerated at 6 – 8 degrees for around five days before being warmed and inoculated with selected yeasts. A fast, hot fermentation proceeded with regular hand plunging to craft a wine with elegance and balance. The parcels were gently pressed off after fermentation. A portion of the parcels spend some time in second year oak French barrels while undergoing malolactic fermentation, then underwent a light fining, and were blended and filtered prior to bottling.
This Pinot Noir brings together the riper flavour profiles of our Central Otago and Nelson fruit with the more elegant and fresh flavours of our Marlborough fruit, creating a fresh, juicy, supple and well balanced Pinot Noir. This wine is bright ruby in colour. The aromatics are driven by notes of lifted dark cherry fruit, and savoury spice. The palate is supple yet juicy with ripe fruit and a soft tannin finish.