Pinot Noir Central Otago New Zealand
Named for a rare grasshopper Sigaus childi, found only at Central Otago within the Earnscleugh gold mine tailings, just across the road from Grasshopper Rock vineyard. The site is fortuitously harsh and sufficiently challenging to make the vines work their hardest. With extremes of heat and cold comes the risk of severe spring and autumn frosts, the property represents a demanding but rewarding environment for the production of world class Pinot Noir.
Earnscleugh Road is at the southernmost latitude of established wine growing in Central Otago. At 45°15' south, the property is one of the most isolated in the world, along with a select group of other sites on the Earnscleugh Rim. Grasshopper Rock is one of the few tracts of quality arable land in the Dunstan Basin. Within the site, there are three distinct areas, Blocks 1 and 2 are hill soils on shattered schist, Blocks 3 and 4 are at the foot of the hill on loamy sand over schist gravel, Blocks 5 and 6 are out from the hill on loamy sand and stony schists. A single vineyard wine from fruit grown to hand managed vines, crafted to traditional techniques, matured ten months in a selection of seasoned and new French oak barrels.
Bright, deep scarlet. Deeply aromatic with earth, cherry and charming violet florals, darker fruits and concentration, gentle spice and toasty oak. Smoothly textured palate with ripe tannins in support of red and black currant and plum flavours. Rich, generous yet wonderfully integrated on release, a long savoury finish and perfect balance of cherry Pinot acids.