Te Muna Pinot Noir 2014

2014 Big Sky Te Muna Pinot Noir

Viticulture

Variety: Pinot Noir (90% 115, 10% 10-5).  15 year old vines

Region: Te Muna, Martinborough.

Low vigour, wind swept alluvial vineyard.

Crop managed to 1.7 t/ acre

 
Harvest date: 29 March to 5 April 2014, hand picked                                                       

Brix at harvest: 23 to 25 brix

Winemaking

Destem and crush: 5% whole bunch added to predominantly whole berry must

Fermentation: 5 to 7 days cold soak.  25 to 28 days on skins total. Wild yeast ferment, and spontaneous spring malo in barrel.

Elevage: 10 months in oak, 15% new.  Lightly fined and filtered.                                                                        

Wine Analysis at bottling

Alcohol:13.8%

pH: 3.62

RS (GF): <0.1%   

 

Tasting notes

Colour: Medium-dark garnet

Bouquet: Floral, red cherries, slightly mushroomy

Palate: Sweet and ripe dark cherry fruit, chocolate, and thyme.   A balanced structure of bright round tannins.  Good length and line.

Food Match: Ideal with gamey meats, and rich tomato based dishes. It also suits salmon and lamb

Cellaring: Start drinking in 2017, or cellar for up to 5 years.

 

Viticulturists and winemakers  Katherine Jacobs and Jeremy Corban