Made from our best grapes, this is the purest
expression of Pinot Noir we can make. It is
savoury and complex, crafted with ageing in mind.
The supple tannins provide structure for rich and
succulent fruit weight, creating a balance between
power and elegance.
Drink dates: Now until 2028
2012 was a cool year. However, it started in ordinary fashion with a fine spring and
even flowering and fruit-set. There was some rain at Christmas, though not enough
to cause trouble, but temperatures never really lifted and the sun rarely showed
her face. Consequently, the ripening was slow and harvest late with low yields.
The fruit for this wine comes from the steep hill block of our clay rich hillside Raupo
Creek vineyard in Marlborough’s Omaka Valley. Each vine is thinned to carry one
bunch per shoot or less – under 1kg of fruit per vine.
Fruit was hand-sorted, destemmed and cooled. After pre-fermentation steeping,
the juice was warmed and fermented with wild yeast, and the caps hand-plunged
daily during fermentation. The wine was left on skins for 2 weeks of post-ferment
maceration, then drained, lightly pressed and transferred to French oak barriques,
of which 35% were new. The wine went through natural malolactic fermentation
during 17 months maturation, before it was bottled unfiltered and unfined.
Clones: 115,777 & 10/5
Yield: 2 tonnes / hectare
Oak: 100% oak matured, 35% new
Bottling date: 17th January 2014
SUN & MOON PINOT NOIR 2012
Organic. Biodynamic. Suitable for vegans. Contains sulphites.