Typical Martinborough in that the fruit has the hallmark savoury element; plum skins and dark berry fruits, combined with mellowed French oak.
Kereru Pinot Noir 2014
At the end of March and early April we hand-harvested from both the House Block next to our family home in Kitchener Street and the older Home Block 400 metres down the road. The grape bunches were destemmed without crushing directly to open topped fermenters. Natural fermentation with regular plunging and pump overs started 3 days later for the next 20 days until completion when part of the resultant wine was drained and pressed straight to a mix of French medium toast oak barrels. After malolactic fermentation, the barrels were topped and lightly sulphured. The remainder was pressed to Stainless tanks to enhance the plum and cherry fruit characters of the final blend.
“…Typical Martinborough in that the fruit has the hallmark savoury element; plum skins and dark berry fruits, combined with mellowed French oak. The palate, soft, but with gentle and firm tannins and the spicy fruit with the gently charred oak, roll around the mouth. It all gathers to a refined fruit finish, with a very slight acid and tannin nudge to remind one that it is best shared with a well-stocked fork…”