WINES 
 

DISTANT LAND RESERVE CENTRAL OTAGO PINOT NOIR



SEASON
A cool start to spring delayed bud burst and avoided the early frosts. A very warm and calm spring helped ensure good flowering and fruit set with smaller open bunches. Summer was quite dry compared to the rest of the country, and with temperatures moderate a good ripening period ensured excellent flavour development. Gibbston verasion was a little earlier than Alexandra and so was harvest. Bunch sizes were a good weight and the fruit was in perfect condition for the winery.

VINEYARD
Our Pinot Noir grapes came from Alexandra and Gibbston. Alexandra records the highest average temperature of the region, with schist soil profiles giving the grapes concentrated characters. Gibbston is cooler and higher, with slower ripening periods contributing more elegant characters.

WINEMAKING
The grapes were picked early morning to preserve quality. In the winery they were gently de-stemmed into 3 ton open-top fermenters. The vats were cold soaked for 3 days and then inoculated using seven different strains of natural and cultured yeast. The ferments were worked by only hand plunging to encourage maximum flavour extraction while still being gentle to the wine. Barrel maturation was followed by selection of the very best barrels for the Reserve blend by the winemaker.

WINEMAKER'S NOTES
Violet. Fresh, sweet, earthy loam. Broad, perfumed red berry fruit, with toffee notes. Bright juicy acidity with long earthy and red berry flavours. This wine has the hallmark fine, ripe tannins of excellent Central Otago Pinot Noir.


TECHNICAL DETAILS
Winemaker Antony Worch
Grape Variety 100% Pinot Noir
Region Alexandra and Gibbston, Central Otago
Harvest Date 6th, 19th and 29th April
Bottling Date April 2015
Alcohol 13.0%
Acidity 5.6 g/l
Residual sugar <1.0 g/l
Oak 12 months, 50% new French oak barrels