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91 Points (4.5 Star) Sam Kim, Wine Orbit, October 2022, New Zealand
Vineyard: Seifried Brightwater Vineyard
Date of Harvest: Late March 2018
pH of Wine: 3.53
T.A of Wine: 5.0g/L
Residual Sugar: <1g/L
Suitable for Vegetarians and Vegans: Yes
The Brightwater Pinot Noir vines are grown in an extremely stony area of the vineyard where water and nutrient levels are low. This helps us to restrict the plants vigour and to crop at low levels. To further enhance the aromatics we removed leaves to allow light penetration and air movement around the fruiting zone. Our Brightwater vineyard is situated 15km from the coast and is sheltered from the south by the Richmond ranges. The ‘soil’ is a combination of rocks and boulders, which is very hard on the farm equipment, but vital for holding the warmth of Nelson’s sun and for ripening.
The Aotea Pinot Noir 2018 is a barrel selection of wine that our winemakers consider the best Pinot Noir from the 2018 vintage. The grapes were hand picked in March at the peak of ripeness and then promptly de-stemmed and transferred to open-top fermenters. A three day cold-maceration period preceded inoculation for fermentation. Hand plunging was carried out two times a day during the ten day primary fermentation, followed by a three day period of post-fermentation maceration. After pressing, the young wine was drained into French barriques where it underwent malolactic fermentation and ageing. The wine was blended and bottled in August 2019.
The 2018 Aotea Pinot Noir has a fine nose with varietal notes of bright berry and dried thyme. Generous and flavoursome with bright fruit and supple oak tannins running the length of the palate leaving a long lasting impression.
“Light in colour and body but supple, with good purity and cherry, floral, violet, raspberry and spicy oak flavours.”
Bob Campbell MW, ©The Real Review, therealreview.com, October 2019