|2007 Kumeu River Estate Pinot Noir|
VINEYARD REGION: Kumeu, Auckland
100% hand harvested
100% de-stemmed then crushed
Indigenous yeast fermentation
2-3 weeks total cuvaison
Thrice daily remontage or pigeage
11 months maturation
WINEMAKER: Michael Brajkovich, MW
PRICE: $ 28.00
In 1994 we established new plantings of Pinot Noir on our Kumeu Estate with the aim of producing red wine to rival the quality of our Kumeu River Chardonnay. To this end only the best new planting material available from Burgundy was chosen, and grafted onto extremely low-vigour rootstocks to limit the yield and intensify the flavour of this wonderfully aristocratic grape variety.
The wine has aromas of ripe strawberries and cherries, together with the maturation complexity gained from careful ageing in small oak barrels. There are also the lovely complex bouquets of smoky oak and dried leaves that make the great Pinot Noir wines so interesting and compelling.
On the palate the texture is very smooth and velvety, with warmth and length of flavour, and an elegantly full finish.