Family Reserve Pinot Noir 2019

Family Reserve Pinot Noir 2019

Family Reserve Pinot Noir 2019

$45.00 NZD

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  • 5 Stars Michael Cooper
  • Gold Aotearoa Regional Wine Co
  • sustainable production

Deep in colour, our Family Reserve Pinot Noir 2019 exudes rich flavours of black cherries and spices, a firm tannin structure and excellent complexity – a truly powerful wine.


In exceptional years we carefully select wines for our Family Reserve label. We feel they just have that extra dimension and totally deserve a black label. We hope you’ll enjoy!

 

Reviews

Gold Medal Aotearoa Regional Wine Competition 21

5 Stars Michael Cooper, the New Zealand Wine Buyer's Guide

The bold 2019 vintage is a powerful, sturdy, highly concentrated red, with rich, very youthful plum and spice flavours, oak complexity, and a fairly firm finish.  A 'masculine' style of Pinot Noir, it will be long-lived; best drinking 2023+.

5 Stars Candice Chow, Raymond Chan Wine Reviews
Moderately full, deep purple with a ruby-red hue, lighter on edge. The nose is gently full, with alluring aromas of black cherries, cassis entwined with black earth, liquorice, herbs and black pepper.

Medium-full bodied, concentrated aromas of black cherries, cassis enriched by earth, thyme, and black pepper linger to a lengthy finish. The mouthfeel is dense, shows the concentrated fruit; savoury elements unfold. Integrated acidity freshens a silky yet firm, fine-grained structure.

This is an intense Pinot Noir with black fruit, lacy acidity and a firm, silky tannin structure.  Match with venison and lamb over the next 5-8 years. 

4 Stars or 94/100 Bob Campbell MW, The Real Review
Intense, ripe pinot noir with Black Doris plum, black cherry, liquorice, anise and a hint of wood-smoke supported by a perfect structure of ripe tannins. Delicious now but will cellar well.  

 

5 Stars Neil Hodgson, The Nelson Mail 3 March 21
I first tasted this wine several months ago not long after it was bottled and thought it was an exceptional wine at the time, with extra time in the bottle my opinion hasn't changed.

While Pinot Noir can be light and floral this example is a delicious, powerful wine with lots of character and intrigue. From the initial intense fruit to the layers of smoky oak and juicy acidity this is a determined wine, it has presence and character.

 

Season overview

The weather gods were on our side, giving us an exceptional growing season.

With ample spring rain the vineyard was off to a strong start and quickly grew a vibrant green canopy, the powerhouse producing the energy for the developing fruit.

Grapevines are wind-pollinators and the dry and sunny December was perfect for a good, even fruit set.

From January right into harvest a heat wave and drought gripped Nelson Tasman. Luckily our un-irrigated vines have extremely deep roots and managed to find sufficient water deep down in the gravelly clay soils. They thrived in the challenging conditions and gave us a beautiful crop with outstanding colour and flavours.

Harvest kicked off on 8 March, the earliest starting date at Blackenbrook’s ever.

From Sustainable Production, accredited by Sustainable Winegrowing New Zealand


From Sustainable Production, accredited by Sustainable Winegrowing New Zealand 

Viticulture
• Fruit from our 18 year old Home block 
• Moutere clay soil with a layer of sandy loam 
• Close planting: 3780 vines/ha
• 9 Clones:  UCD5, UCD 6, 10/5, 22, 
114, 115, 667, 777, Abel 
• Hand-harvested and hand-sorted on 
11 March 2019 with 23.7 Brix

 

Winemaking


• Extremely gentle winemaking: 2 weeks cold maceration at 2 degrees, fermented on skins, hand-plunged, moderate pressing, gravity-fed from press area to main winery, minimal pumping

• aged for 12 months in French barrels, 30% new oak
• Bottled on 10 July 2020 in light-weight bottles to reduce our carbon footprint 
• Screw capsules, 13.5% alcohol

 





 

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