Wairau River Reserve Pinot Noir
Our Reserve Pinot Noir is hand-picked from our Home vineyard. The Reserve Pinot Noir is made in a brooding complex style, which will unwind in the glass and over time in the bottle. It spends up to 15 months in French oak giving elegance and texture to the wine. Excellent with venison, duck, mushrooms and rich cassoulet dishes.LEARN MORE
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Excellent weather was experienced over flowering which began early December and lasted for around 10 days producing an even and balanced crop. Overall it was a cooler than average summer resulted in the 2017 vintage being very condensed, as the growing season was shortened on the back end of Autumn. Harvest began in the last week of March and concluded in the third week of April. Optimal acid balance and sugar ripeness were reached, producing wines with elegance and poise.
Picking began earlier than normal in the middle of March and concluded in the first week of April. Increased attention to detail from the viticulture team ensured that the grapes achieved optimal acid balance and sugar ripeness, as well as physiological ripeness. This has resulted in clean elegant wines, that show great concentration and poise from a challenging vintage.
Flowering commenced in the first week of December. During this period the region experienced higher than average rainfall limiting the potential yields. January and February were some of the warmest months on record culminating in one of the earliest harvests seen in the region. Picking began in the first week of March and concluded in the first week of April. The harvest consequently wasn’t condensed allowing the winemakers to pick at optimal balance and sugar ripeness, as well as physiological ripeness.
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Pinot Noir is easy to please when it comes to pairing with food. It is light enough for salmon or chicken, but complex enough to complement richer red or game meats.
Try it alongside game birds such as quail, turkey, and duck; with a fillet of New Zealand salmon; or equally with pork, veal, lamb or venison.
When everyone orders a vastly different meal while dining, Pinot Noir will probably make everyone happy.