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Pinot Noir - Defiance Single Vineyard 2016

The tasting notes

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The Wine

Our Defiance Pinot Noir is a limited release, single vineyard wine made from grapes grown on our Defiance vineyard on Felton Road. The wine is selected from up to 5 different clones grown over 2 blocks on the vineyard.

The grapes for our 2016 Defiance were hand harvested between the 29th March and 13th April 2016, and were predominantly de-stemmed (15% were left as whole bunch) into open top fermenters and left to cold soak before fermenting.  After fermentation the wine was aged in French Oak barriques for 10 months. 

The 2016 vintage is dark purple with purple hues.  The wine has a perfumed nose with fragrant violet, chocolate, tobacco and spice. Rich, sweet bright fruit on the palate with some cherry, clove, coffee and chocolate flavours. A weighty wine with ample, fine tannin and good persistence and minerality on the finish. 

Food match: rabbit, duck, lamb, or sip and contemplate by itself.

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Variety 100% Pinot Noir
Appellation Central Otago
Sub Region Bannockburn
Vineyard Defiance
Harvest Date 29th March - 13th April 2016
Alcohol 13.5% by volume
Residual Sugar  Nil
pH 3.45
TA 5.75g/L

The Awards

Sam Kim (Wine Orbit) - 5 Stars. 95 pts. " The wine combines fruit purity and elegance with stylish savoury undertones displaying lifted aromas of red/purple berry, floral and pomegranate notes with subtle infusion of cedar oak. The palate offers excellent concentration and focus, wonderfully supported by silky texture and fine, chalky tannins. Brilliantly structured and promises to evolve magnificently."

Bob Campbell - Gold Ribbon - 5 stars. 95pts.

Cameron Douglas - 97 pts " Fragrant and elegant bouquet showing of cherries and red apple skin, some raspberry and red florals....equally elegant on the palate with flavours that reflect the nose."