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Airline pilots make surprisingly good wine. Their appreciation of the sciences, a respect for the weather and a bird's eye view of the land, all invaluable to the winemaker's art. John Ellis would take every opportune weekend away from his regular New York Paris route, to pursue a passion for viticulture. He planted the first commercial Cabernet Merlot vines in the Hamptons and found time between trans atlantic flights to work vintages amongst the Grand Cru vineyards of La Bourgogne. Ellis ultimately made the great lifelong sea change in favour of our land downunder. He settled on a farmstead outside Leongatha, amongst the slow ripening pastures of Gippsland and established a vineyard called Bellvale. It is now a place of fully mature vines and old world Burgundian techniques, sur lie et sauvage, barrel ferments and batonnage. Bellvale remains artisanally small batch, just 23 hectares of vine yields a measured harvest of spectacular quality Chardonnay and Pinot Noir, la saveur de la France from the top pick of Gippsland.. Placing pinot amongst the pastures»

Mount Riley Pinot Noir CONFIRM VINTAGE

Pinot Noir Nelson & Marlborough New Zealand
Mount Riley is a family owned estate with strong traditional values and a guiding philosophy of being involved at all stages of the winemaking process, from the vineyard to the glass. Always in fine fashion and consistently so, an ambassador of fine Marlborough Pinot Noir to the world, Mount Riley can boast significant accolades at conspicuous wine competitions, from the ANZ Awards to the prestigious London International. Multiple vineyard parcels and clonal material construct a Marlborough Pinot Noir of great character, depth of flavour and exquisite charm.
Available by the dozen
Case of 12
$233.00
Parcels of Pinot Noir are sourced from superior vineyards throughout Marlborough's Wairau Valley, including Mount Riley's very own, splendid Seventeen Valley vineyard. Diversity of terroirs and clonal material achieves a complex and complete wine with great fruit character and depth of flavour. The backbone of grapes comes from vines planted to stony unfertile blocks, perfect for the production of intensely flavoured Pinot Noir. A spectrum of clones is included, UCD 5 and 6, 10/5 and Dijon clones 115, 118, 375 and 777. Bunches are cold soaked, fermented in small individual batches on skins and treated to several months maturation in a selection of fine French oak barriques. Alcohol 13.0%
Mid red colour, garnet/ ruby hues. Dark cherry and red berry fruit aromas are supported by hints of spice and earthiness. An approachable, elegant wine with soft tannins, delicious ripe red fruit flavours and concentration. Drinking well upon release, alongside salmon steak, escalope of veal or nicely dressed duck.
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