This Pinot Noir expresses black fruits like boysenberries and blueberries with subtle floral notes and gentle acidity. The cocoa powder tannins and smoky toasty notes add complexity with a generous earthy textural finish.
Our key focus is to be environmentally responsible and to operate using sustainable practices in order to protect the land for future generations. Villa Maria has farmed Pinot Noir organically since 2010 gaining Biogro certification in 2012.
During our 2019 growing season, fruit set in the cool spring weather was lower than usual, resulting in development of open bunches with small flavourful berries. From January onwards, Marlborough experienced a summer of the century, with a spell of long hot dry weather with moderately cool nights providing the perfect environment to ensure physiological and flavour ripeness whilst retaining freshness. This wine spent 10-12 months in 10% new, 90% seasoned oak.
Wild fermentation was encouraged and where not possible, BioGro approved yeast strains were used to innoculate the fermentation after crushing. The wine was pressed to oak post-fermentation, 10% new, for 10-12 months before bottling.
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