2020 Bryterlater Ernest Pinot Noir

A brooding, silky Pinot Noir from an up-and-coming winemaker in New Zealand. Wonderful wine.

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The Waipara Valley is well regarded for its Pinot Noir, with some of the country's top drops emanating from this part of the South Island of New Zealand. Winemaker James Graves Opie sources the Pinot Noir from an organic vineyard, planted to the Abel clone (if the clone is familiar, its history makes for fascinating reading.)

Part of the wine was fermented using carbonic maceration (which emphasises the fruitiness of the red grapes), with the other part fermented naturally with wild yeasts. These two winemaking styles, plus the use of high-quality fruit, result in a silky wine with amazing texture, and lots of lifted red-fruit aromas. A truly delicious wine.


Hand-picked Pinot Noir (Able clone) was 20% destemmed by hand, 10% foot crushed and 70% left as whole bunches for wild fermentation. Once dry, the wine was basket pressed to old oak for approximately 11- months maturation.


From producer notes: 'The basis of this wine is the synergy between alcoholic and carbonic fermentation. Lifted aromas of maraschino cherry, clove. The synergy creates a lovely silky, supple texture. Mineral. Cherry. Sweet salty liquorice. Raspberry. Soft tannin. Brooding.'

93 Points - "This is sappy and tense, fresh and lively. Sour cherry, pomegranate juice, a bit of clove spice here. Washes around the palate nicely, some grippy webs of tannin, a bright, lightly amaro-tinged finish. Feels refreshing and kinda elegant. Has some good mojo. Great drinking, is the easy take away message." - Mike Bennie (The Wine Front)

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