The Taylor Pass vineyard is warm and sheltered producing an intensely ripe style Pinot Noir that is not typical of the Marlborough region. This wine is a single vineyard expression of the Taylors Pass site, showcasing an intense bouquet of brooding dark cherry and violets meddling with subtle fresh herb notes. A harmony of tannins, with a soft acidity and graphite minerality provide great focus, tension and length to the palate. On the finish there are layers of dark chocolate, dried herbs and spicy oak.
The vineyard is planted on a mixture of soil types. Stony soils contribute fresh floral and red fruit notes, whereas the silt loam soils provide earthy dense tannins, dark berry notes and a soft graphite minerality to the palate.
The 2015 growing season will be remembered as one of the stronger years due to a long warm summer and modest crop levels. With very low rainfall at the beginning of harvest giving the vines the lift they needed to push fruit through to perfect ripeness of flavours and tannins.
HARVEST: 100% hand picked FERMENTATION: Indigenous yeast is encouraged FERM. VESSEL: Open top stainless steel, hand plunged NEW BARREL: 25% French oak, 75% seasoned French oak BARREL TYPE: French coopers, 225L, medium plus toast MATURATION: 14 months in oak MALOLACTIC: Wild malolactic completed in barrel FINING: Minimal traditional egg whites
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