Thursday, 29 July 2010

TN : Craggy Range Single Vineyard Pinot Noir 2008, Te Muna Road Vineyard, Martinborough, New Zealand

Te Muna means "secret place". This 33 hectare vineyard is planted with eight clones of Pinot Noir in more than 40 different parcels. From these parcels, the grapes are hand picked and fermented with indigenous yeasts before spending over a year in small French oak barrels without racking. The average Brix at harvest was 24.4, the average yield was 25 hectolitres per hectare.

5% of the grapes were fermented as whole bunch and 95% were destemmed. Fermentation was in open top oak tanks using indigenous yeast. The barrel type used was French barriques of which 33% were new. Maturation was ten months on lees. There was no fining. The wine was filtered before bottling in March 2009.

The pH was 3.62 and acidity was 5.5 grammes per litre.

Colour : Light red

Aroma : Stewed red fruits, strawberry, cherry, spice

Taste : Very fruity upfront, oak, long spicy finish, earthy, stewed red fruits, tannins on finish

Alcohol : 13.5%

Price : 329 SEK

Mark : B

Website : Craggy Range

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