2015 Mammoth Pinot Noir

Nelson, NZ

The whole bunch Pinot Noir creation of visionary ex-Bannockburn Chief Winemaker, Michael Glover.



About The Wine

Never one to compromise on his winemaking ethos, visionary outspoken winemaker Michael Glover is on a mission to craft his ultimate Pinot Noir.

He's chosen a site -  an organically certified, dry grown vineyard in Nelson - and his methodology is simple, "turn up the volume."

As was his way when crafting the unique wines of Bannockburn in Geelong, Glover uses whole bunches to devastating effect. His wines are made for the long haul, architecture and structure, as well as the spice and lifted aromatics that whole cluster winemaking imparts, are the standout features of his 2015 Pinot Noir.

Incredible depth and tension, this is a muscular, brooding Pinot Noir. An amazing, if not idiosyncratic, wine from an incisive winemaking mind.

Michael Glover
Michael Glover
Nelson, NZ
Expert Reviews

Critic Reviews

DDS review

Dense. Ripped. Muscular. Primal. These are the words that spring to mind. There are fistfuls of spice and crunchy gravel, cherry and plum black as night. It rumbles and stretches long in the mouth. Persistent. Structured. Here's one for the cellar. - Different Drop Wine Team

Additional Info

From The Producer

For more than a decade now I have been intrigued by the use of whole bunches in red winemaking (and occasionally white winemaking!).

Objectively, with Pinot Noir at least, it is a way to achieve some wonderful aromatic qualities as well as structure to the palate. It is a winemaking direction that is all about longevity, structure and long term complexity. I would describe the ‘style’ as cerebral, even intellectual. Whole bunch wines do not come to you, you must go to them. The resulting styles are viewed by some as difficult and even polarising. Winemakers who truly walk this path often describe their use of whole bunches with references to classicism, tradition and longevity. They never refer to fashion, scores or the market. These are wines made without compromise and a belief in the right path. I believe it to be a ‘noble’ path, one for the ‘true believers’.

Subjectively, the use of 100% whole bunches is a beautiful way to make wine. You are doing things as they have been done for centuries, even thousands of years. It is as if you are channelling the winemaking ancients and going in a direction that has existed from the beginning. It is perhaps a little quixotic but where would wine be if there were no romantics chasing windmills? It is just fruit, vat and feet….simple…traditional…beautiful.

I don’t add enzymes, yeasts, colour additives, or tannin additives, nor do I use the assortment of fining agents available ranging from isinglass (fish guts), egg whites, skim milk or PVPP. I just add a friendly amount of Sulfur, just as the Monks of Burgundy, and the Romans before them, did. It is after all, the winemaker’s friend.

Blend : Pinot Noir (100%)
Closure : Screw cap
Drink Until : 2030
Bottle Size : 750ml


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