In 2003 husband and wife team, Ian & Diane Holding, decided to turn their lives upside gown and start the journey to build what is now Fancrest Estate. Their labour of love now ranks as one of a handful of elite hillside vineyards on limestone in the Omihi Hills of the Waipara Valley in North Canterbury. Fancrest Estate is a Pinot Noir specialist. Diane Holding runs their 5.5Ha vineyard and pop-up winery almost single-handedly. Her Bachelor of Applied Science (Wine) from Charles Sturt University in NSW comes in handy every now and again, but what she loves most is creating her wines in the vineyard and then bringing them to life in the bottle using very traditional artisinal winemaking techniques... bottling their terroir is her mission. Diane learned her craft with industry greats like Daniel Schuster and CP Lin and has gone on a produce Pinots with real individuality and class. Fancrest Estate is a no-till, certified organic vineyard and winery. Fancrest Estate is remarkably consistent in producing seductive, earthy, savoury, spicy, and occasionally floral, Pinot Noirs, with a seam of minerality running through them. All these wines rest on impressive structure that will see them through the years. Tannins can be chewey in their youth but inevitably they soften to reveal a more feminine elegant side. Bottled unfined and unfiltered vintages are cellared until deemed ready for drinking.
The 2009 Fancrest Estate Pinot Noir was listed by Rebecca Gibb MW as one of her top NZ reds of 2014. 92/100
The 2010 Fancrest Estate Pinot Noir was listed by Alder Yarrow as one of his top NZ Pinot Noirs and Bob Campbell MW rated it 93/100 "Dense, intense Pinot Noir with energy. Strong plum and dark cherry interwoven with classy oak. Stylish wine with complexity and potential." Decanter UK selected Fancrest Estate as one of their highly recommended picks for Pinot Noir: The World's Best (Outside Burgundy) (April 2016). Suggested drinking 2016-2022.
Intriguing bouquet of dark fruits and forest floor, brown spices, dried herbs, and hints of old rose. Dry, savoury, spicey; moderate to fine tannins, plenty of acidity, minerality and a tense structure just beginning to relax after some time in the cellar. You can almost taste the limestone. 2 years in old oak followed by 5 years in cellar. This wine is drinking superbly now. Unfined and unfiltered and bottled with very low sulphite levels.
Released 2017. Made naturally with only a tiny amount of sulphite added at bottling. Unfined and unfiltered. This elegant and refined Pinot Noir rests on its bright natural acidity to enhance the red fruit and floral notes. Impresssive shape and length will ensure that with time it should only improve, developing more smokey, earthy and savoury characters typical of the Estate. After 2 years in barrel has been cellared for a further 1 year in bottle.
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