Settlement Settlement Vineyard Pinot Noir 2019
- Textured, savoury
A settlement can either be a place to call home or an agreement on terms. We’d be pretty agreeable here if we were able to call the Omaka Valley in Marlborough our home. That’s the source for the grapes for this pinot. The steep north-facing slope of the organic vineyard soaks in the sun, allowing for nice ripening and concentration of flavours. At harvest, the fruit is hand-picked with 30% whole bunches going into the wild ferment. 18 months of 35% French oak follows that, making for a grippy and textural wine that is also unfined before bottling. There’s power and spice on the nose here, bright red fruit on the palate and persistent tannins throughout which show a propensity for successful ageing of the wine.
Cameron Douglas MS
“From the Settlement Vineyard - aromas of black currant and dark cherry, there’s plenty of wood spices and barrel smoke moments, dried herb and dry stone mineral notes bring complexity, depth and intrigue. On the palate - dry, tense, youthful, fruity and young. A wine that must remain in your cellar till at least the end of 2022 so integration and harmonies can begin to engage. In the meantime and if you must open a bottle - be sure to serve with fresh protein foods. Firm tannins and acid line add texture, the core of fruit remain but is hidden till the tannins and dried herb layers are allowed to integrate. Plenty of potential and a lovely expression with best drinking from December 31st 2022 through 2028+. Am keen to try this wine again in 12 months to check its progress.”
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Marlborough is the famous region that has rocketed NZ into the world wine scene. For good or for bad, the wine that hails from here is distinctive, exploding with aromatics and quality and balance are only improving. Located at the top of the South Island, there is no doubt that Marlborough is the epicentre of the New Zealand wine industry - a region synonymous with some of the world's best Sauvignon Blanc, Pinot Noir and Chardonnay. The distinctive conditions of Marlborough - warm, sunny days and cold nights allow winemakers to unleash the unique expressions of grape, not seen anywhere else in the world.