Tasting notes: This is about the purity of Pinot Noir with spicy savoury and bright, juicy red florals and fruits. It is medium bodied with soft velvety tannins, a mix of tart and sweet cherry fruit with a chocolate touch to the lightly oaked finish and a spicy zestiness to the lingering aftertaste.
Vintage Conditions: The growing season for the 2020 vintage saw little to no rain in November and December 2019. This produced shorter canopy heights but provided ideal conditions for fruit set. The low rainfall continued for the remainder of the growing season into late March, leading to earlier flavour development in the fruit with no disease pressure. Grapes were picked between March 18th to April 8th, 2020. Beautiful ripe fruit resulting in an overall quality vintage.
Viticulture: Diurnal temperature fluctuations, low rainfall, low humidity, and fantastic deep free draining soils combine to create an exceptional environment for Pinot Noir. Harvested from 3 vineyards allows selection of the best batches to consistently produce pure Pinot Noir.
Winemaking: Temperature controlled fermentation using a mixture of natural and inoculated yeasts combined with hand plunging to optimize the fruit and tannin balance. Following extended post-ferment maceration on skins the wine was drained and pressed to barrel. Rigorous barrel selection and blending is followed by minimal fining and filtration prior to bottling.
Oak Handling: 85% French oak aged for 8 months with a mixture of selected cooperages of which 15% of the barrels are new.
Analysis: Alcohol: 13.5% Total acid: 4.7g/l pH: 3.54 Residual sugar: Dry
History: Established in 1996, proudly family owned and managed, Borthwick Vineyard produces wines that are a direct reflection of the Gladstone region, New Zealand. Ancient stony, alluvial soils, a cool climate, sustainable practices and minimal intervention in the vineyard and winery, mean our wines display distinctive single vineyard characteristics.
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