DISTANT LAND RESERVE CENTRAL OTAGO PINOT NOIR
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.
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
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.
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.
||100% Pinot Noir|
||Alexandra and Gibbston, Central Otago|
||6th, 19th and 29th April|
||12 months, 50% new French oak barrels|