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There are four tiny patches of vine at Scotchman's Hill, which have been mollycoddled by Robin Brockett, since the start of his tenure as chief winemaker in the 1980s. Excruciatingly limited after a strict pruning and rigorous sorting of fruit, they each yield a mere hundred cases of wine. Brockett has set aside the precious harvests of these superior blocks for his own label, a personal project to hand craft the finest of vintage, an exclusive range of the Bellarine's most elite single vineyard efforts. So besotted is Brockett by the spectacular quality of fruit from these four regal parcels, he has imported two 800 Litre Tuscan vinification Amphora from the Brunello commune of Montalcino. Whole bunches and wild ferments in the like of ancient clay urns, hand plunged in the old world way, appreciatively unfiltered for a tasteful measure of sauvage. Aficianados of small batch, limited release endeavours by Australian winemaking luminaries, are quietly advised to indulge their appetence and secure a case of Robin Brockett Pinot Noir, Syrah and/or Shiraz... Brockett begets the best of bellarine»

Ra Nui Marlborough Pinot Noir CONFIRM VINTAGE

Pinot Noir Blenheim Marlborough New Zealand
Ra Nui stands for Marlborough, the realization of the finest Pinot Noir from a very special terroir. An intense construct, crafted for serious Pinotphiles, Ra Nui reflects choice selection of clone and rootstock, in combination with low yields, sensible oak and rich lees treatments. Grapes are principally sourced from the Ra Nui Summer Valley Vineyard, situated near the town of Blenheim under the lee of Wither Hills. A small, devotedly managed site, planted to Dijon clones 115 and 667, 777 and Abel, yielding low harvests of small berries with concentrated flavours.
Available in cartons of six
Case of 6
$197.50
Pinot Noir, being an early budding variety, can get knocked around in the coolest Marlborough vintages, resulting in a lower than normal fruit set. Grapes are hand picked into small bins and transported to the winery, sorted and transferred directly through a destemmer/ crusher into small open topped fermenters. The must is cold soaked for three days while treated to a course of hand plunging for the extraction of colour and tannins, before being warmed for fermentation. Upon completion, the wine is pressed into a selection of seasoned and new 225 litre French oak barriques for several months maturation, a close scrutiny and topping up as needed before an egg white fining, assemblage and bottling.
Light red colour, darker core and scarlet robes. Enticing aromas of dark cherry, black plums, pepper and spice. A palate of cherries and black fruit notes, smoothly carried by balanced oak, smooth tannins and soft acid. Well balanced, complete and harmonious, the fruit has been allowed to speak. Enriched by barrel treatments, fine textures after a term on lees. A lingering, rich velvet finish, Marlborough in a glass, the perfect food wine.
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