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Grasshopper Rock-Estate-Pinot Noir-2014-750mL

RRP: $4815
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$4299/Bottle
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GOLD – International Wine Challenge 2016 (London)
5 STARS - Michael Cooper's NZ Wine Buyers Guide 2016
5 STARS - Bob Campbell MW, The Real Review
SILVER – Decanter World Wine Awards 2016
SILVER – Hong Kong International Wine & Spirit Competition 2015
SILVER – Royal Easter Show Wine Awards

 

Grasshopper Rock’s Earnscleugh vineyard is one of the world’s southern most vineyards. Established in 2003 and dedicated exclusively to a single vineyard pinot noir.

Winemaking notes:

The fruit (clones 5, 777, 115, 114, Abel, 667) was harvested from 14 April – 23 April 2014. After the fruit was de-stemmed into 8 stainless steel tanks, all but one tank was inoculated with a selected wine yeast to carry out the fermentation whilst the remaining tank was ‘wild’. The wine was aged in French oak barriques for approximately 10 months, of which 26% was new oak.

 

Winemaker’s tasting notes (pre-bottling):

Medium purple with pink hues. Perfumed on the nose with violets, dried herbs, red fruit and mushroom. Sweet black and red cherry fruit on the palate with savoury notes of leather, spice and tobacco. A medium bodied, complex wine which is well structured with fine grained tannin and a long mineral finish.

 

2014 Vintage comment:

Despite a strong warm start, 2014 ended being one of our cooler but also kinder vintages. October through to December proved remarkably warm and similar to our warmest vintages (2006 and 2011). A few spring frosts seemed to impede flower development and bunch weights were the lowest since 2010. Ideal weather at flowering resulted in an excellent fruit set and crop levels needed to be reduced over most of the vineyard. After Christmas, cool temperatures and winds slowed things down and January 2014 was the coolest January we have experienced. February was also cooler than average. April was not our typical cool nights and hot fine days with large diurnal temperature ranges, this year April temperatures were moderated with lower highs and higher lows and the final ripening taking place in quite different circumstances from what we normally experience. The fruit was in exceptional condition with excellent flavours and balance. Harvest was completed 14-23 April.

 

 

Grasshopper Rock

Nautilus-Estate-Pinot Noir-2013-750mL

RRP: $4115
Sold by: Pack Size 6
$3855/Bottle
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Tasting notes:

The 2013 Nautilus Pinot Noir is dark ruby in colour. The nose reveals fragrant aromas of violets, dark plums and spices. The palate is medium bodied with good structure. Refined and balanced, this elegant wine shows good intensity and a lengthy finish.

 

Vintage:

A cool spring but warm, dry summer made for ideal conditions during the 2013 growing season. The harvest started at a normal time but became quite rushed towards the end as a lot of fruit ripened at the same time. This meant it was all hands to the pumps & presses as we worked hard to capture the ideal varietal flavour profiles and the end result was a tired team but great quality wine across the board. This wine is a carefully selected blend from two premium hillside vineyard sites, in the Southern Valleys sub region.

 

Winemaking:

To make this wine, fruit from Pinot Noir clones 114, 115, 5, 667, 777 and Abel was hand harvested and de-stemmed without crushing to allow a portion of whole berries in the ferment. A small amount of whole bunch fruit was also included in some ferments. The grapes were fermented with indigenous yeast in open top fermenters after a 6-8 day ‘cold soak’. Careful cap management, using our pneumatic punch down device, has resulted in extraction of only the soft ripe tannins. After pressing the wine was racked directly to a mixture of new and older French oak Barriques, where it remained undisturbed until filtration and bottling in March 2014.

 

Cellaring:

The primary fruit components showing in the wines youth will further develop and integrate over the next five years as the wine matures.

 

Food match:

Beautiful accompanied by Venison with Star Anise

 

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