Te Muna Pinot Noir 2011

2011 Big Sky Te Muna Pinot Noir

Viticulture

Variety:  100 % Pinot Noir:  clone 115 (65%), 10-5 (15%), Abel (20%)

Region:  Te Muna, Martinborough

2011 was an excellent vintage, with a long warm autumn. Cropping was kept to 1.5 tonnes per acre. Harvested at 25 Brix

Winemaking

Crush: full destem, light crush.

Fermentation:  7 day soak, 7 to 10 day ferment, 7 to 10 day maceration before pressing.

Elevage: 13 months in French oak, 30% new.  Spring malo in barrel.

Lightly fined with gelatin.

Wine Analysis at bottling

Alcohol: 13.5%

pH: 3.65

RS: 0.3 g/L

Tasting notes

Colour: Ruby hued

Bouquet: Dark plum and black cherry characters

Palate: Cherry, plum and dried-thyme flavours, and a toasty, spicy complexity. Well supported by firm tannins.

Food Match: Lean gamey meats such as duck, venison, or wild pork

 

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