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2015 Grey's Peak Pinot Noir Waipara Valley New Zealand
SRP: $40 Bottle / $480 Case
1-27 Cases Landed Profit Margin: 33.11%
28+ Cases Landed Profit Margin: 37.69%
FOB CA Profit Margin: 40.10%
Deep dark plum colour with a nose of red and black cherry and plum fruits. Vineyard elements of spice and blue flowers shine through beautifully into the textural palate of expanding blueberry and ripened plum. Long fine-grained tannins threaded with subtle French oak smoke, support the fruit throughout. Full bodied and perfect for enjoying with food now or cellaring for 8+ years.
Grey’s Peak Pinot Noir is grown on the limestone rich slopes of the vineyard. The growing season for vintage 2015 was characterised by an early, dry spring, followed by a warm growing season. The retention of leaf in the fruit zone has led to balanced acidity and multiple hand picking passes ensured each parcel of fruit was delivered to the winery at the peak of ripeness. Perfect vintage conditions with cool, dry weather led to rich spicy fruit characters and ripe, powerful tannins.
Hand-picked between 30 March and 18 April 2015
Harvest Brix: 22.8 to 24.8
Harvest TA: 6.24 to 9.14
Harvest pH: 3.26 to 3.50
Hand sorted at the winery to retain only the finest bunches, followed by traditional winemaking techniques using wild fermentations and hand plunging. Very low levels of whole bunch give balance to the rich fruit of this vintage. Naturally fermented on skins for just under one month, contributes texture, tannin and aromatic presence. Macerating for five weeks before gentle pressing to French oak, 30% new, then maturing for 11 months before blending and bottling without fining produced a graceful and energetic wine.
Bottled: April 20th, 2016
Total Cases: 2,792
TA: 5.66 g/L
93pts - James Suckling
"A more pronounced stony character and some very bright and pure red cherry and berry fruit aromas on the nose. There's an inherent depth on the palate. Tannins have a complex texture and deliver waves of ripe cherry fruit flavors with a subtly earthy thread too."
93pts - Bob Campbell MW
"Moderately intense pinot noir with dark- fleshed plum, black cherry, liquorice and smoky bacon flavours. Quite a soft and accessible wine, with a structure of gentle tannins. A mellow pinot that's a little oak dominant at this early stage but that should integrate with a little bottle age."
92pts - Wine Spectator
"Truffle and earth notes add aromatic intrigue to the dried cherry, cranberry and spicy tobacco notes. The tannins provide some appealing traction on the finish."
90pts - Wine Enthusiast
"Intriguing aromas of earth, raw meat, cola, menthol and dark cherry lead into a surprisingly powerful palate of prominent but well integrated tannins, broody dark fruit, and herbaceous flavors. This Pinot should be fascinating to try after a few years in the cellar."
94pts - Cameron Douglas MS
5 stars - Raymond Chan