Pinot Noir Marlborough New Zealand
Pinot Noir is anything but predictable, as it grows in the vineyard and throughout vinification, it is a variety with many personalities, often choosing to do the opposite of what we expect. With a challenge like that, who isn't intrigued? From picking decisions, through processing and fermentations, pressing and ageing in French oak, Catalina Sounds are meticulous in their pursuit of an exuberantly wild fermented, complex and structured wine, yet always keep in mind that minimal intervention is the best approach to handling the noble but capricious Pinot Noir.
Catalina Sounds prefer to allow Pinot Noir to express itself, for a wine that's structured and elegant, approachable and food friendly. Working to principles of sustainable land management and good governance of the environment, the team are also proud supporters of Pink Hope, caring for young women who have been affected or are at risk of cancer. Pinot Noir grapes are de-stemmed into open fermenters, some parcels are run off to new French oak to create an interesting, more savoury component, the open fermenters continue to dryness. Batches remain on skins for a few weeks before being pressed to a mix of seasoned and new French oak barriques for malolactic and maturation.
Garnet red with brick hues. Strawberries and blood orange, nutmeg, white pepper and floral notes to the bouquet. Lovely Pinot flavours of sour cherry and spice, leather and tobacco. Medium bodied, supported by long tannins and good acid balance, will continue to soften and develop savouryness. Ready to be enjoyed right now, fresh and vibrant, alongside rillettes of duck or game bird cassoulet.