Opening a bottle of great Pinot Noir should be an unplanned thing – a spur of the moment decision prompted by occasion or desire. Our Impromptu Pinot Noir is crafted to be enjoyed now, tomorrow or anytime the need arises!
“With an aromatic blend of red fruits, spice and wild thyme this Pinot Noir has a fresh sweet-fruited palate balanced by fine oak spice tannins and an elegant finish.” Olly Masters (Winemaker)
The 2018 vintage was one of the hottest on record with extraordinary weather patterns resulting in a very compressed season. There were searing temperatures for days on end early in the season, along with record low rainfall. The winds came later and then heavy rains hit in early to mid-February. It was challenging to manage the rapid canopy growth and keep on top of the constant threat of mildew and botrytis. In spite of the issues, we ended up with a very healthy vineyard with a smaller than usual crop due to lower average bunch weights and smaller berries. This resulted in very good fruit concentration and expressive wines. Our Growing Degree Days were 1356 and fruit for this wine was hand-picked at a yield of 3.0-6.6 tonnes per hectare.
Pinot Noir is an extremely versatile food wine as it can pair well with either white or red meats, creamy sauces, and spicy seasonings. It’s also a wonderful match with sword fish or roast salmon. The classic Pinot Noir matches are with game birds, roasted red meats, mushrooms as well as mild and creamy cheese.
|Region||Central Otago, New Zealand||Harvested||19th March – 6th April 2018|
|Bottled||9 August 2018 (Stelvin closure)|
|Wine Analysis||Alc: 13.5% / pH: 3.58 / TA: 5.7 g/||Cellaring||2 – 5+ yrs|