Pinot Noir Marlborough New Zealand
An assemblage of Pinot Noir from Brancott's Marlborough growers with a conspicuous component of fruit harvested off good vineyards in Wairau Valley. The alluvial soils of Marlborough produce fine aromatic wines with balanced, natural acidity. A dominance of classic varietal fruit characters, cherries, rhubarb and strawberry are all supported by hints of oaken spice and a fine velvet tannin structure, enhanced by the clonal complexity and expression of terroir.
The northern side of Wairau Valley is made of young river silt and stone soils. On the southern side are much older soils with higher clay contents based on glacial outwash. This patchwork of terroir provides the Brancott team with a range of options to construct a Pinot Noir of wonderful complexity and profound structure. A number of clones, mainly UCD5 and UCD6, 10/5 and Dijons 777, 667 and 115, grown on three main rootstocks, 3309, RG and Schwarzmann, all of low vigor, to limit crop and enhance flavour. Brancott is treated to four months in a mix of fermenters and oak cuvees to retain the bright fruit aromas and flavours, followed by racking and the final assemblage.
Garnet red in colour. Red cherry and plum fruits accentuated by savoury spice highlights. A sweet, velvet approach to the palate, displaying ripe, red stone fruit flavours along with subtle spice over a fine length of silky tannins. Brancott is well balanced in terms of structure, concentration and intensity of fruit. A match to sticky oriental pork recipes, salmon steaks and rare fillet of duck breast.