To produce our premium tier Pinot Noir, the best sections of Pinot Noir blocks at our Desperation Hill Vineyard were hand-harvested before a portion was 100% destemmed with whole berries sorted through the Pellenc while the remaining batches were left as whole bunches. Throughout the winemaking process, the clones are kept separate and the majority of the final blend is comprised of clones 115, 667 and 777. All ferments are conducted in small 1-2 batches and then are matured for a further 15 months in French oak barrels, 30% new.
This wine has, as all great Pinots should, layers upon layers of flavours, continually expressing more its nuances as it opens in the glass. Elegant and delicate, this wine has a deep red colour especially for the variety. Once more our Reserve Pinot Noir recalls B.C.’s Coastal Rainforests floor, raspberry bushes and strawberry jam notes leading to black forest cake, bramble, mushrooms and black olives on the palate. The palate weight is dense and round delivering a plush mouthfeel with fine silky tannins whilst still showing the elegance of Pinot Noir. A long lingering finish that continues to please!
This Pinot will continue to develop beautifully 5 years plus from vintage date. With patience and proper cellaring, you will be well rewarded!
We are quite proud to announce that our 2016 Reserve Pinot Noir has been selected to compete in this year's Six Nations Challenge.