Deep-tinted and delicately-scented Pinot Noir with Black Doris plum, dark cherry, cassis and smoky oak flavours. Intense, bright wine from a very favourable vintage. A vibrant, high-energy wine. Approachable now but offers good cellaring potential. 04 Sept 2020
93/100 Cameron Douglas MS, camdouglasms.com
Seductive aromas of brown spices and ripe red berry fruits, some whispers of smoky oak and a fine savoury core with mineral and earth scents adding complexity and intrigue. Delicious on the palate - young and vibrant with a core of fruit flavours that reflect the bouquet, velvet textured tannins, contrasting acid line and persistent varietal flavours with a mineral complexity. Best drinking from mid 2022 through 2030.
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 new crop.
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 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 we’ve seen it at Blackenbrook’s ever.
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