2012
Auntsfield Estate
'Road Ridge'
Pinot Noir
Marlborough

2012
Auntsfield Estate
'Road Ridge' 
Pinot Noir
Marlborough

The 2012 Pinot Noir is a beautifully balanced wine with stunning length and complexity. Our Single Block wines display qualities distinctive to grapes grown within a small defined area at Auntsfield Estate. Consistent quality and character over many vintages has separated these single blocks out as producing our Reserve wines. The Road Ridge block is a small 3 hectare block situated next to an old ridge line that runs through Auntsfield Estate. This unique feature has helped form a deep and very dense layer of wind-blown clay on its Western side where we have planted a single clone of Pinot Noir.

This fruit was hand-picked into small baskets then carefully and diligently hand sorted to ensure that no less than perfect fruit entered the winery. This fruit was then gently destemmed and moved to tank by gravity. A combination of indigenous and cultured yeasts was nurtured through fermentation in open topped tanks. Careful use of hand plunging was used to gently extract the flavors and tannins from the skins. Maturation occurred in French barriques for approximately 10 months.

Ripe Plums, dark cherry and raspberry aromas with lifted floral and dried cloves. Savory aromas of earthy forest floor and warm spices. Rich weight with flavours of succulent plum, floral notes and dark raspberry fruit. Soft fine grain tannins provide a refined texture for the wine and a degree of elegance. The wine has a silky texture which leads to an ethereal, lingering finish.

  • Region: Marlborough
  • Varietal: 100% Pinot Noir
  • Vintage: 2012
  • Vineyard: The Road Ridge Vineyard
  • Soil Type: Deep and very dense layer of wind-blown clay
  • TA: 4.9
  • pH: 3.59
  • Alcohol: 14%
  • Oak: 10 months in French barrique
Winery & Regional Information
MARLBOROUGH

When the first growers of the modern era planted grapes in Marlborough in the 1970s (there was commercial grape growing and winemaking as early as the 1870s), it is unlikely they would have foreseen the extent of the growth and fame that the region’s wine industry would achieve, based upon a single varietal called Sauvignon Blanc. The distinctive pungency and... Learn More »

AUNTSFIELD ESTATE

MARLBOROUGH

Auntsfield Estate is the home of Marlborough's first colonial vineyard and winery. The original vineyard was established in 1873 and made highly regarded wine for over 50 years. The dramatic hillside vineyard with its unique variety of soils is again producing premium wines under the guidance of the Cowley family. The proud heritage of the land is the inspiration to produce exciting handcrafted wines of balance and individuality that display the special terrior of this historic Marlborough vineyard. Learn More »

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