Pinot Noir Marlborough + Nelson New Zealand
An exclusively South Island Pinot Noir, sourced from a number of small growers in the esoteric and bohemian quarter of vineyards around Nelson River, with components drawn from good sites in Marlborough. A variety of clones, as well as some diverse microclimes, have provided a great spectrum of flavours to craft an elegant, distinctively varietal, engagingly complex wine. An exemplary, regionally focused Pinot Noir with gentle spice and ample cherry fruit, clearly planned with good food in mind. Raise a glass to all those dedicated, independent growers.
The quality of fruit is central to Crowded House, sourcing the finest possible from the best growers is fundamental. New Zealand's best vineyards form the foundations of Crowded House, translating into wines that are balanced first and foremost. Parcels from Marlborough, Central Otago and Nelson River have been woven into a tapestry of charming pinosity, robed in gentle tannins and cradled within a basket of lithe oak. Fermented in small batch open top fermenters, a long cold soak is followed by several days of vinification. Some batches are treated to extended skin contact before being pressed to oak. Others are fermented to wild indigenous yeasts before ageing in a mix of new and prior use oak.
Bright ruby red with hues of brick. Raspberries, pomegranates and cherry bouquet, dark chocolate, spices and toast. Long fine tannins intertwine seductively with dark cherries, vanilla, cinnamon and earth, complimented by a generous and silky mouth feel. The palate is fleshy and balanced by fine tannins before a pleasant, lingering finish. The flavours and textures persist long after the last sip. Will accompany pink lamb with Mediterranean vegetable and fresh herbs.