Greenhough Pinot Noir

Greenhough Pinot Noir 2013

Fruit grown on the Greenhough and Morison (Hope), Barraud and Hoddy Road (Moutere) vineyards
Hand harvested in small parcels by clone as each achieved optimum ripeness, March 26 -April 28, 2013
Clones: Dijon 667, 777, 114, 115, UCD5, UCD22, AM10/5
Sugars at harvest ranged from 22.1-24.5 brix
Most of the fruit was de-stemmed and allowed an ambient pre-fermentation soak (13-15 degrees C) of 3-7 days.
Fermentations were both inoculated and spontaneous with temperatures peaking between 25.5 and 31.5 C
Total time on skins ranged from 14 - 38 days
Aged for 13 months in a selection of 500 and 228 litre French oak, 30% new where malolactic fermentation completed spontaneously in spring
Blended in March 2014 with a portion returned to neutral 500L puncheons for a further 3 months. Unfined, minimally filtered and bottled in September 2014

Generous and appealing Pinot with a heart of red summer berry fruits. Subtle, savoury oak and aromatic layers of spice and dried herbs are enveloped by fine-textured tannins. Wild berry aromas with stony, mineral notes. The palate has a heart of deep red fruit and blackberry with subtle oak and aromatic layers of spice and dried herbs. A savour style with moderate tannic structure.

Alc/Vol: 13.5 %        R/S: < < 0.08 g/L        TA: 5.63 g/L        pH: 3.66

Reviews & Rewards

Pinot Noir 2013
Silver Medal - NZ International Wine Show August 2014

"A beautifully styled pinot, grapes were sourced from vineyards in the Waimea and Moutere districts. The delicately perfumed bouquet shows red/black cherry, truffle and floral characters with a touch of dried herb complexity. It's ripe and beautifully rounded on the palate with silky texture and polished tannins, and offers abundance of gorgeous flavours. A seductive, engaging pinot showing excellent concentration and elegance. At its best: now to 2022."
94/100 - Wine Orbit,
Nov 2014.

Previous Vintages

2010 Pinot Noir
90/100 - The Wine Advocate, Lisa Perrotti-Brown, October 2012
Silver Medal - New Zealand International Wine Show, 2012

2008 Pinot Noir
"...grown at Hope and Upper Moutere, it is a ripely scented, supple red with excellent depth of cherry, plum and slight herb flavours, a subtle seasoning of oak, savoury, complex notes and good tannin support. It's delicious, harmonious wine, for drinking now or cellaring."
5 Stars - Michael Cooper's Buyer's Guide to NZ Wines, 2011

"Medium-deep ruby-purple colored, the 2008 Pinot Noir has intense red cherry and pomegranate aromas with hints of bay leaf, cassia, pepper and cloves. Very crisp, medium bodied with a low to medium level of fine tannin."
87/100 - The Wine Advocate, Lisa Perrotti-Brown, Issue # 191, Nov 2010

"Again the Greenhough '08 was a highlight with ripe dark and medium red cherry aromas, ripe cranberry and floral notes. The palate was juicy with fleshy cherry flavours and notes of strawberry and raspberry, a chalky texture and light unobtrusive oak spices."
4 Stars - Cameron Douglas MW, Hospitality, Thirst, December 2010, p.60

Gold Medal - New Zealand International Wine Show, 2010
5 Stars - Winestate Magazine, Nov/Dec 2010