Pinot Noir 2019
Marlborough, New Zealand
MELLOW WINE STYLE
Imagine a black forest cake, chock-full of juicy cherries and Black Doris plums, served up with a generous dollop of blueberry compote, laced with nutmeg and cloves. This is a deeply colored Pinot Noir, exuding lush, ripe fruit – highly fragrant with a cedar-like spiciness and hints of hot-smoked nuts. The palate is dense and generous with rich fruit, fine tannins and a delicious spicy finish.
Analysis: 13.5% alcohol / volume
Varietal: Pinot Noir
Total Acidity: 5.2 g/L
Aging: Individual clones were barrel aged separately for 11 months, prior to blending in late February.
Bottling: November 2020
All fruit was grown in Marlborough’s southern valleys and principally sourced from the Yarrum Vineyard, situated on the Brancott/Ben Morven ridge. Typical of this sub-region, the wind-blown loess soils are comprised of clay-loams with differing degrees of gravel content. The various source blocks are cultivated to a mixture of Pinot Noir clones, predominately the Dijon clones 115, 777 and 667, with smaller parcels of UCD5 and AM 10/5. The vineyards are primarily hillside plantings trained to two-cane VSP (vertical shoot positioning) with a high vine density of 3800 plants per hectare.
The grapes were hand-harvested and chilled overnight prior to hand sorting. Most of the fruit was then destemmed into open-top fermenters, the majority of which also had a percentage of whole-bunch inclusion. The fruity was left to soak on skins prior to the onset of indigenous yeast fermentation, then plunged daily. After fermentation, the wine was pressed, racked and filled into French oak barriques (30% new).
ABOUT THE WINERY:
Established in 2009, Greywacke (pronounced Grey-wacky) is the Marlborough label of the Judd family and the name of New Zealand’s most abundant bedrock – an understated grey river stone that is found throughout Marlborough’s rivers and alluvial vineyard soils. While the company now exports their wines all over the world, the winery is still very much a family affair; the ethos remains ‘keep it simple and hands-on’ with a small, dedicated team running the company at their headquarters, located in the heart of Marlborough’s Omaka Valley. All vineyards are sustainably managed and their fruit is sourced from mature vineyards in prime viticultural sites across Marlborough’s sunny South Pacific climate. Learn more about the winery and its team here.
Helios Cabernet Sauvignon 2018
BOLD WINE STYLE
This Cabernet Sauvignon is powerful, yet restrained with incredible depth, complexity and finesse. The dark fruits, combined with the savory notes and focused tannins result in a pure expression of Cabernet Sauvignon. The nose is complex, supporting French oak and full of cassis, mulberry, violet and licorice. The palate is quite bold and generous, driven by notes of succulent fruit and savory, textural tannins with great length.
Analysis: 14.5% alcohol / volume
Varietal: 100% Cabernet Sauvignon
Total Acidity: 6.6 g/L
Critical Acclaim: 95 pts. Wine Enthusiast; 94 pts. Wine Spectator
ABOUT THE WINERY:
Located in the center of Australia’s most famous Cabernet region, Coonawarra, the Penley Estate continues a family tradition that spans five generations. Owners and sisters, Ang and Bec Tolley have 240 acres planted atop the Terra Rossa soils, where they constantly strive to make wines with carefree souls, that celebrate the fruit and honor the vine. In words of their mother, they want every bottle of their Coonawarra wine to… “Grow up and be fascinating”. Learn more about the family history and winemakers here.
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