2004 was an outstanding growing season for us in Marlborough. Our
Pinot Noir grapes were hand harvested in excellent condition in
March. Three separate pickings took place for clones 5 and 115,
667 and 777 and clone 10/5.
Each batch of grapes was processed separately and the pressed juice
cold soaked in open topped fermenters for several days for maximum
colour extraction. The juice was then placed into new (50%) and
seasoned French Oak and lees aged for 12 months.
Prior to bottling, Kent and I selected what we felt were some of
our most outstanding barrels to make a limited release of this Pinot
Noir which is a beautiful expression of our unique terroir. A complex,
sensual and masculine style Pinot Noir, it is dark garnet in colour
with penetrating notes of dried rose petals in cedar, spicy black
cherry, mushrooms and undertones of earthy, damp forest floor. It
has supple and silky tannins which create an elegant finish. We
expect this wine to age well for at least 5 years.