Catalina Sounds Pinot Noir


4.5 Stars & Best Buy Cuisine Magazine
Silver Medal @ 2015 San Francisco Wine Competition
Silver Medal @ 2015 Selections Mondiales des Vins (Canada)
Gold Medal
@ 2014 Cathay Pacific Hong Kong International Wine & Spirit Competition

Pure Silver Medal @ Air New Zealand Wine Awards 2014

Silver Medal @ Marlborough Wine Show 2014

Bronze Medal @ Spiegelau International Wine Show


100% Pinot Noir


100% Southern Valleys, Marlborough, New Zealand


This Pinot Noir blends fruit from two Southern Valleys’ vineyards – 55% from our home Sound of White vineyard in the Waihopai Valley, with the balance from the dry grown Clayridge vineyard in the Omaka Valley – both clay based hillside blocks with scattered clonal plantings. Fruit was hand-harvested and largely de-stemmed into open fermenters, retaining approximately 5% whole bunches. All parcels were given a minimum 3 day cold soak prior to fermentation, which occurred naturally in all cases with 2 plunges daily. ‘Hot barrel ferments’ were drained off to 4 new French oak barriques at the peak of ferment to create an interesting, savoury char component to the blend, while the open fermenters continued to dryness. The batches remained on skins for 18 to 25 days before being pressed to a combination of new (20%) 1, 2 and 3 year old French barriques. The wine underwent malolactic fermentation before blending and bottling in March 2014.


  • Alcohol 13.9%
  • pH 3.62
  • Acid 5.9g/L
  • Sugar: 0.5g/L


Deep garnet red.


An enticing mix of red and dark berry fruits, spice and underlying savoury notes.


Approachable, generous and flavoursome with a silken elegance. Berry fruits come to the fore with gentle dried herb notes in the background. Medium bodied, the palate is finely structured with lovely soft lingering tannins which integrate perfectly with the soft supportive acid and plush fruit.


Match with lamb, pork or poultry dishes.


From the moment the picking crews were booked, I knew we had the makings for a smart wine from 2013. The growing season had been dry, warm and long, without excessive heat, making for ideal conditions for elegant flavour development whilst retaining natural acidity. Once harvested, the parcels of wine were gently handled and really left to themselves to express each vineyard site as clearly and as naturally as possible. 10 months of oak aging afforded the wine time to soften and integrate prior to blending and bottling. I hope you enjoy this wine as much as I do.

Drink with confidence through to 2019.
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4.5 Stars – Best Buy Cuisine Magazine

You’ll enjoy the ride this Catalina offering provides. It’s a feisty wine, crackling with verve and energy, made using fruit drawn from two quite different Marlborough vineyards – one in the Omaka Valley, the other in the Waihopai. Fine tannins frame strawberry jam and savoury forest floor flavours. A lively style that would pair well with lightly spiced kofti.

2013 Catalina Sounds Pinot Noir
Raymond Chan Wine Reviews, May 2014

4 Stars.

Full, even, dark ruby-red colour with some purple hues. The nose is full with soft, dark raspberry and black cherry fruit aromas, revealing subtle savoury dark herb and earthy elements, the aromatics gentle in expression, building depth and volume with aeration. Medium-full bodied fl avours of dark cherries, ripe raspberries and delicate spice notes show good depth and a subtly sweet richness. There is density to the fruit extract and a smooth, harmonious integration with fi ne-grained tannins providing a seamless structure and line. The mouthfeel has liveliness and freshness from bright acidity, enhancing the fruitiness, the palate leading to a fruity fi nish with refi ned texture. This is a harmonious and restrained Pinot Noir that grows in richness, revealing fi ne structure.