Wild Earth, Central Otago Pinot Noir 2016

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    New Zealand

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    Central Otago

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  • Grape:

    Pinot Noir

  • Grape Blend:

    Pinot Noir 100%

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  • Winemaker:

    Jenn Parr

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Wild Earth Central Otago Pinot Noir 2016 - Wine

Tasting Notes

Deep garnet colour with intense aromas of cherry, blackberry, cedar, wild thyme, mushroom and earthy loam. The cooler 2017 vintage has delivered a wine with tremendous concentration and a remarkable core with layers of dark red fruit wild herb and distinctive earthy flavours complementing a richly textured palate. Silky fine tannins, vibrant fruit and intense aromas complement a serious structure with so much finesse. Harmonious and rich, this Pinot is drinking beautifully as a young wine and should continue to deliver enjoyment for 12+ years.

Production Notes

This wine is a single vineyard Pinot Noir from a highly awarded site in Bannockburn. The fruit was hand harvested at optimal ripeness with harvest dates ranging from early to late April 2017. Seven ferments went into the blend ranging from 0-50% whole bunches per fermenter with the resulting blend having around 25% whole clusters which aids the tannin structure and aromatics of the wine. The total time on skins ranging from 3 to 4 weeks. The wine was aged in fine grain French Oak: 27% new, 33%�1 year old and 40% 2-5 year old barriques for approximately 12 months.�The winemaking intention was for transparency in order to showcase the great personality of this Bannockburn site in a vintage that is truly elegant and graceful.

Critics Reviews

Bob Campbell MW, 94pts - �A single vineyard wine from the Bannockburn subregion. A pleasing and quite complex mix of cherry and plum with fresh herb, violet and wild thyme characters. A bright, elegant, moderately concentrated pinot noir with a slightly rustic edge�.

Producer Profile

Wild Earth founder Quintin Quider is an expatriate Californian who has spent many years living on the South Island of New Zealand. Established in 1998, Wild Earth owns vineyards in one of Central Otago's finest locations - at the end of Felton Road in Bannockburn, overlooking the Kawarau River. A small but dedicated team, including winemaker Jenn Parr and viticulturist Gary Crabbe, their sole aim is to create the finest Pinot Noir and Riesling the vineyards sites can produce. Pinot Noir is Wild Earth's speciality and their passion for the variety was recognised in impressive style in 2008 when they scooped five Trophies at the International Wine Challenge and Decanter World Wine Awards. Their Riesling is sourced from a block of a little less than two hectares situated on a broad terrace close to the Kawarau River, with full exposure to the northern sun. The fermentation was stopped by chilling to produce a specific style of Riesling, where the refreshing acidity and fruit intensity are balanced by a touch of natural sweetness from the residual sugar.The single vineyard Pinot Noir is a blend of ferments using a percentage of whole cluster fruit. Aged in a mix of new and used French oak barriques for 11-12 months this is a vibrant wine that combines cherry and red berry fruit, wild herbs and earthy notes on a richly textured palate.