Catalina Sounds Pinot Noir


100% Pinot Noir


100% Marlborough, New Zealand


This Pinot Noir is a blend from three outstanding vineyard sites in three different Marlborough sub-regions, the Omaka Valley (harvested 21/4/12), Waihopai Valley (24/4/12) and Ward (2/5/12). Fruit was harvested and de-stemmed into open fermenters with all parcels allowed a minimum five day cold soak prior to fermentation, which occurred naturally in all cases.

All batches had 2 ‘hot barrel ferments’ run off to new French oak barriques at the peak of ferment to create an interesting, more savoury component for the blend, while the open fermenters continued to dryness. The parcels then remained on skins once fermentation was complete to allow tannis to soften, resulting in 25 to 30 days on skins in total across all 3 batches. Parcels were then pressed to a combination of new (25%) and one and two year old French barriques and underwent malolactic fermentation before blending and bottling in October 2012.


  • Alcohol 13.2%
  • pH 3.75
  • Acid 5.7g/L
  • Sugar: Dry


Deep garnet red.


An alluring mixture of dark berry fruits, lifted florals and spice with underlying savoury notes.


Elegant and silken with wild, dark berry flavours and gentle dried herb notes. Medium bodied, the palate is structured and graceful with plush fruit and exceptional fruit and tannin integration which lingers in the mouth.


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


I believe 2012 will be a hallmark year for Marlborough Pinot Noir – a year where the wines made themselves. Crops were very light (as low as 2T/Ha in some vineyards) but the quality was exceptional with terrific flavour and structure at moderate sugar levels. As always, our ambition with the Catalina Sounds Pinot Noir is to create a wine that honestly reflects the origins of the fruit and purity of the season. We have done this through a combination of gentle, sensitive handling, natural fermentation and minimal intervention.

Drink with confidence through to 2018.
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2012 Catalina Sounds Pinot Noir
Winestate Magazine, Nov/Dec 2013

4 Stars.

A well-balanced and complex style. Lovely lifted, lively, floar/red fruit bouquet
and a jammy sweet palate, wih soft supple tannins.

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