This wine is grown on the Cleland Vineyard Cambridge Road, Martinborough from 24 year old vines. A combination of deep alluvial gravels which the Martinborough Terraces are renowned for and a blend of Clones UCD 5, 6 and 13 always reward with savoury, complex, spicy wine.
It was open topped fermented in traditional wooden cuvees, hand plunged every 12 hours. After pressing it was matured in 40% new French oak barriques for 18 months. It was bottled without fining or filtration promoting soft mouth feel and texture. This is an outstanding example of classic Pinot Noir and will continue to develop for up to 10 years and will always be a wonderful counterpart to any game food.
Handpicked fruit from low yielding vines has produced an elegant, deeply scented wine with sweet, ripe cherry and plum flavours with a round and well balanced finish, with savoury and roasted oak characters. Aged in French oak barriques, half new, this handcrafted single vineyard wine can be enjoyed now or cellared for up to seven years.
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