Catalina Sounds Pinot Noir wine, Marlborough
100% Marlborough with 78% from the Southern Valleys and 22% from Ward. Both vineyards are clay-based hillside blocks with scattered clonal planting. As always, winemaking was very hands-on for this wine. Hand-picked fruit was destemmed and transferred to open-top fermenters for at least a five-day cold soak. When signs of natural Pinot Noir fermentation were evident, the tanks were warmed, allowing fermentation to get into full swing. The ferments were plunged a maximum of twice daily until dry, before an extended maceration on skins for up to 7 days. Once pressed, the wines were run to French oak barriques (15% new) for natural malolactic fermentation and maturation for a total of 10 months. The wine was blended in late January 2018 before bottling in February 2018.
An appealing mix of red and dark berry fruits, spice and underlying savoury and earthy interest. Elegant, with lovely raspberry and cherry flavours. Bright, quiet, firm wild strawberry fruit with a gently persistent acidity makes for a refreshing, aromatic Pinot noir.
Endeavour Pino noir wine is lucky enough to be associated with one based right near them in New Zealand.
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