2016 Rock Ferry Mid Hill Pinot Noir
Bendigo Hill, Central Otago, New Zealand.
Our aim in the vineyard is to grow the best fruit we can so it can speak of its home and express its personality. To do this you need healthy vines and soil. By practicing organics and incorporating some biodynamic principles we believe we are doing our best to help achieve this and let our vineyards evolve and speak as they would like.
The 3 clones (115, Abel and 777) were hand harvested, hand sorted and then destemmed. The fruit was co-fermented using the indigenous yeast, and left on skins for 17 days post ferment. The free run wine was then transferred to 3 year French oak barriques (33% new) where it underwent indigenous MLF in spring and matured for 20 months in total. The wine was then racked off its lees, lightly fined with egg whites and bottled without filtration.
The nose shows deep dark fruit aromas, with notes of wild thyme, violets and licorice. The palate has great fruit density and a line of acidity that provides structure and balance. Chalky tannins frame great concentration of fruit and a fantastic long finish. This wine shows excellent ageing potential of 10+ years.
Alcohol -13.5%. TA - 5.3g/l. pH - 3.54. RS - dry. Certified organic.
"A magnificent offering; the immensely complex bouquet shows dark plum, sweet cherry, truffle, warm spice, smoked game and toasted nut aromas. It's impressively concentrated and deeply rich on the palate, exhibiting outstanding depth and velvety texture, superbly framed by loads of fine tannins. Symphonic and engaging with a graceful future ahead. Certified organic." - Sam Kim, 97 points