Catalina Sounds Pinot Noir

GRAPES

100% Pinot Noir

DISTRICT OF ORIGIN OF GRAPES

100% Marlborough, New Zealand

VINIFICATION

This Pinot Noir was hand harvested in the cool of the morning on the 4th and 5th of April 2011. The fruit was de-stemmed into an open fermenter and allowed to cold soak for 5 days prior to allowing natural yeast to initiate and complete fermentation. Two new French oak ‘barrel ferments’ were drawn off 3/4 of the way through fermentation, creating an interesting, more savoury component for the blend,while the open fermenter continued to dryness. The wine remained on skins for extended maceration post fermentation and was then gently pressed to a combination of new (30%), and 1 and 2 year old French oak barriques. The wine remained in oak until February 2012 when it was blended and prepared for bottling. No fining and only polishing filtration was used in its production.

ANALYSIS

  • Alcohol 13.8%
  • pH 3.65
  • Acid 5.5g/L
  • Sugar: Dry

COLOUR

Bright ruby red.

NOSE

Layers of smoky red fruits, briar notes and spice, with a savoury complexity that evolves with each swirl of the glass.

PALATE

Elegant and silken with flavours of red fruits, charcuterie and roasted notes. Medium bodied, the palate is structured and long with pleasant tannins providing a framework for this complex wine.

FOOD MATCH

Match with charcuterie, crispy skin duck or new season lamb.

WINEMAKERS COMMENTS

Our ambition with this wine is to honestly reflect the origins of the fruit and the purity of the season. To that end, this wine was very much allowed to make itself with natural fermentation, no fining and only a polishing filtration to best capture the unique dry-grown vineyard form which the grapes are sourced.

Bright and fresh while in its youth, more haunting, ethereal notes will develop over the next 5 years.

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