Mike and Margaret Hanson spent a long time searching for the perfect piece of land before finding what is now ‘Hanson Vineyard’ in 1996. They set out to buy five acres but fell in love with thirty, situated on the old river terraces of the Ruakokapatuna River. Over-looking Martinborough’s Te Muna Valley, it is a truly amazing site with a unique terroir and stunning views.
It produces small quantities of intensely flavoured grapes from the elevated and stony soils. The Canoes to the east and Birch Hill to the south provide idyllic views and shelter for the vines, while creating a favourable low-frost climate. The application of sustainable wine growing principles from the start, and now a transition to an organic approach, has helped to nurture and bring out the best in this terroir.
They say, "Our philosophy is simply to make single vineyard wines of uncompromised quality. Using only our own Estate grown fruit, from the best vintages, we place a strong emphasis on the elegant, yet complex characteristics of great Pinots."
Bright pale straw colour with youthful green hues. The nose is soft and full with integrated aromas of yellow stonefruits and honeysuckle. This has depth, with a lifted note. Medium-dry to taste, this is soft and full on palate, quite open and accessible, broadly mouthfilling, with some richness. The wine follows a fine-textured phenolic line with underlying acidity lending freshness and enhancing the aromatic expression. This is drinking well, and is approachable now. - Raymond Chan
The 2012 Pinot Noir is a beautifully balanced wine with a lovely floral spectrum. It is lower in alcohol and a little firmer than normal with great fruit flavours, more in the savoury spectrum than the typical plum and red berry fruits. The wine still shows great fruit expression, vibrant acidity, superb length and elegance. The structure will allow it to age gracefully.
The 2013 Pinot Noir - "Dark, deep ruby-red colour, youthful in appearance. The nose is fresh with vibrant primary black berry and dark raspberry berry fruits, lifted with dark red and violet florals, unfolding subtle savoury herbal complexities in the glass. A little pepper and earthiness emerges with breathing. Medium-full bodied, the fruit is deeply packed, but opens to show lusciously sweet and plush dark red berry and black cherry flavours. Lifted floral and herbal layers add aromatic detail. Some savoury complexities add to the interest. Supple, ripe tannins provide a smooth, satin-like flow, but the extraction lends good body and depth which leads to a strong, dry finish with ripe dark fruit flavours. Pleasingly, this is more primary on this showing, and the ripeness has resulted in a finer mouthfeel." Raymond Chan
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