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 5 day cold soak. When signs of natural Pinot Noir fermentation were obvious, 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 fermention 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 make for a refreshing, aromatic Pinot noir.
The name Catalina Sounds evolved from the majestic Catalina flying boats that played a vital role across the South pacific during and after World War II. New Zealand’s famous and largest warbird, the Catalina is a rare sight, in fact there are only a handful of these beautiful, iconic planes left in the world today. Endeavour Pino noir wine lucky enough to be associated with one based right near them in New Zealand. Through sponsorship of this rare, passenger carrying, amphibious flying boat, they are in some small way helping to ensure the Catalina continues to grace the skies around the stunning Marlborough Sounds and high over the vineyards in the Waihopai Valley where they have made their home. They draw inspiration for their wines from these graceful, unique flying boats and the respect in which they are held, together with the pristine and awe inspiring environment of the Marlborough Sounds – right on their doorstep. With attention to detail, they strive for their wines to step outside the norm and show individuality and personality, garnering respect wherever they are poured, while harnessing the purity and vibrancy that Marlborough’s climate and landscape are naturally blessed with.