Greenhough Pinot Noir
Greenhough Pinot Noir 2011
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 16 -April 21, 2011.
Clones: Dijon 667, 777, 114, 115, UCD5, 10/5
Sugars at harvest ranged from 24.3-25.3 brix
All fruit was de-stemmed with an ambient pre-fermentation soak (13-15 degrees C) of 1 - 5 days.
Fermentations were both inoculated and spontaneous with temperatures peaking between 25.5 and 31.5 C
Total time on skins ranged from 19 - 21 days
Aged for 12 months in a selection of 500 and 228 litre French oak, 22% new where malolactic fermentation completed spontaneously in spring
The wine was blended, lightly fined with egg white and course filtered prior to bottling in November 2012
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: < < 2 g/L TA: 5.85 g/L pH: 3.77
90/100 points   Wine Advocate,   October 2012 - Lisa Perrotti-Brown
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."
Five 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 points   Wine Advocate,   Issue # 191, Nov 2010 - Lisa Perrotti-Brown
"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."
Four Stars Hospitality, Thirst December 2010, p.60 - Cameron Douglas MW
Gold Medal   New Zealand International Wine Show, 2010
Five Stars   Winestate,  Nov/Dec 2010