Pinot Noir Marlborough Wairau New Zealand
Ben Morven and Taylor River are two exceptional Pinot Noir vineyards, strategically located in the lee of Wairau Valley's southern landmark range. Each site is hand harvested as the fruit comes into optimal flavour ripeness. The various clones and blocks are all kept separate throughout the winemaking to preserve integrity. From seductive bright morello cherry notes to fresh brambly wild berry compote characters, subtle French oak spice, black olive and lingering blue aromatics, Wither Hills delivers a youthful and evocative Marlborough Pinot Noir.
Wither Hills retain the choicest Pinot Noir from three hundred hectares of superb viticulture. The vineyards flourish in free draining, silty alluvial loam over deep stony river deposits, providing a near perfect environment. Experience has shown the importance of taking time to focus on nuances unique to each site and clone. Fruit is destemmed and cold soaked in square fermenters, inoculated with wild and select yeasts, drained off at dryness, basket pressed, treated to malolactic and left to relax over a term of fourteen months in French oak barriques. Following assemblage, the wine is treated to an egg white fining and light filtration. Wither Hills normally release several bottlings throughout the year. Alcohol 14.0%
Bright scarlet colour. Savoury cherry bouquet, scents of dark, fruits of the forest with a touch of kalamata, countryside and game. The seamless tension, bright acidity and supple ripe fruit tannins, elegance, texture and Pinosity are all bound together with a balanced acid tannin profile delivering the hallmark Wither Hills Pinot Noir style. In its youth, Wither Hills will pair itself with most foods from smoked eel and seared tuna to piquant Szechuan. Sit back, relax and savour!