Pinot Noir

There’s a physical aspect to making Pinot Noir that demands a close-up, hands-on connection between winemaker and fruit. It begins with hand harvest and intensifies throughout the following weeks of fermentation management before rolling to barrel for the long months of relative quiet and gradual evolution. Imbedded in this process is a genuine sense of work, of craft and perhaps even art. Each vintage of our Pinot Noir bears a clear imprint of the season that has shaped it. Characters of colour, aroma, fruit flavour and structure each convey part of this complex story. Indeed, by adopting a light-handed winemaking approach, we aim to allow the wine to express itself  honestly.

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Greenhough Pinot Noir

2021 Greenhough ‘Stone’s Throw’ Pinot Noir

“Sturdy, rich, vigorous and savoury, it has concentrated, ripe-cherry, plum and spice flavours, a vague hint of liquorice, finely balanced tannins and very good complexity.”                                                        Michael Cooper – Listener, June 24-30, 2023

A combination of fruit from the Home and Morison Vineyards, both certified organic. The composition of this wine is weighted towards the Dijon 667, 777, 115 and 114 clones which generally provide an attractive fragrance and vibrant, red-fruited elegance. Average vine age for this blend is 17 years.


Winemaking is very similar to that of the Hope Vineyard Pinot though time on skins is reduced for some batches with a view to preserving fruit focus and moderating extraction of tannins. Similarly the level of both new and one year old oak is carefully managed so that it plays a subtle, supportive role.  It is important to us that the style of this wine is neither over-ripe nor overly structured.  Together with its brambly, red-fruited freshness, the wine has a characteristic lightness and poise present here in  the excellent 2021 vintage. Attractively aromatic. Summer berry-fruits, citrus hints, floral notes and a lightly spiced, herbal fragrance. Suggestive of the outdoors, earthy, mushroom notes evolve as the wine opens in the glass. The palate is vibrant and brightly red-fruited with a light spicy savouriness and supple structure of well-bound tannins. There is a depth in the exotic guava and quince which have a secondary, preserve-like richness. A refreshing plum-skin tanginess and chalky, minerality balances these ripper flavours.

Previous Vintage 2019

“This is one of Nelson’s greatest reds, estate-grown and hand-picked on an elevated terrace of the south-eastern Waimea Plains, where the vines, planted in gravelly loam clays, have an average age of more than 20 years. Certified organic, it is full-bodied and  finely structured, with rich cherry, red-berry and spice flavours, notably complex and savoury and a harmonious finish. A “complete” wine, it is already delicious.” 5 Stars     Michael Cooper – Listener ‘Top of the Range’  Oct 22, 2022

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Hope Vineyard Pinot Noir

2021 Hope Vineyard Pinot Noir                                                            

“A beautiful vibrant bouquet, varietal and intense, layered with scents of soil and ripeness, of dark cherries, fruit and barrel spices, of complexity and power. Fantastic on the palate, a wine of texture and mouthfeel, course silk tannins and core flavours of red berries, plum and baking spices. Best drinking from 2026-2036+.”   95 Cameron Douglas MS, April 2024.

This single vineyard pinot is made only in the best vintages from selected clonal parcels of fruit across the home blocks in Hope, certified organic since 2011. It’s exact composition varies from year to year though our oldest vines (UCD5 and AM 10/5) planted in 1993,  are the basis of the blend. More recently a portion of 100% whole bunch fermented fruit has become an integral part of the wine style, imparting floral aromatic lift and lithe tannins that are present and precise. 

All fruit was hand harvested and chilled overnight.  Sixty percent was de-stemmed to small open fermenters while the remaining portion was 100% whole-bunch fermented. Total time on skins ranged from 13-20 days with gentle hand plunging of the cap during the alcoholic fermentation. Pressed, briefly settled and run to French oak barriques 15% new,  where it remained for 10 months, naturally completing malo during the following spring. The selected batches were blended and allowed to rest in tank  before bottling un-fined and  only lightly filtered.

Bright, floral and light spice notes with a hint of youthful reduction on the nose.The palate is full and richly fruited showing dark cherry and red plum. Notable structure is nicely imbedded from start to end. There’s a generous, joyous character and energy to the wine with balance between grip, freshness and bright lush fruit.

Previous Vintage – 2019    

“This is one of Nelson’s greatest reds, estate-grown and hand-picked on an elevated terrace of the south-eastern Waimea Plains, where the vines, planted in gravelly loam clays, have an average age of more than 20 years. Certified organic, it is full-bodied and finely structured, with rich cherry, red-berry and spice flavours, notably complex and savoury and a harmonious finish. A “complete” wine, it is already delicious.”  5 Stars     Michael Cooper – Listener, ‘Top of the Range’  Oct 22, 2022             

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