Origin: Marlborough, New Zealand
Taste guide: Light/Medium bodied, red cherry and dark berry fruit flavours, softened tannins, oaked
75cl - 13.5% - screwcap
Beginning in 1934 as Montana Wines, the new name of Brancott Estate was inspired by Brancott Vineyard - the original Marlborough vineyard and home. The skill and dedication of the winemakers and viticulturists is evident in every bottle of Brancott Estate wine, as is the care and respect for the land and natural resources that allow them to produce each and every one. Wines in the Brancott Estate range are considered the benchmark of New Zealand varietal winemaking.
The fruit for this Pinot Noir was largely sourced from Brancott's Kaituna and Fairhall Vineyards, with the introduction of some Awatere Estates fruit. Following harvest, grapes were de-stemmed and left in closed top fermenters utilising the inherent wild yeasts to start fermentation. This was temperature controlled ensuring good colour and tannin weight with a post ferment maceration period softening and integrating those tannins. the wine was then drained and racked into stainless steel tanks for malolactic fermentation to naturally soften the acidity. The wine was then aged foi a short period in oak barrels.
Garnet red in colour, this wine exhibits a mix of red cherry and dark berry fruit aromas with hints of spice and toasty oak on the nose. On the palate it presents a velvet textural structure with cherry and raspberry fruit and hints of spicy toast supporting this into the finish.
The winery indicates an ageing potential of 3 years from release so is drinking superbly well.
Sells for around £9 elsewhere - at Binendwines it is just £7.25