2010
Auntsfield Estate
'Heritage'
Pinot Noir
Marlborough

2010 
Auntsfield Estate
'Heritage' 
Pinot Noir
Marlborough

This wine is only produced in exceptional years where we feel a selection of wine exhibits amazingly defined character. The wine is made in celebration of the Heritage of Auntsfield Estate, Marlborough's first vineyard and winery that was established on the site in 1873, and where highly regarded wine was produced commercially fpr over 50 years.

In order to reflect the unique vineyard, the Heritage Pinot Noir is made with minimal winemaking influence. Hand selected fruit from the steepest vineyard rows was hand picked into small baskets then hand sorted, de-stemmed and gently transferred to open top fermenters by gravity. Fermentation was with natural vineyard yeasts, followed by an extended soak on skins. The resulting wine was gently moved into French Oak barriques and aged for 18 months.

The 2010 season was characterized by a very an early spring and a very long cool growing season perfect for Pinot Noir. The fruit for this wine comes from the very top of our steepest hillside at Auntsfield Estate. The cropping level is naturally very low (1kg per vine) off these very old slow growing vines that are exposed to the hillside winds and rock hard clay.

Only the best seven barrels were blended back together with a portion of David Herd’s 1905 Auntsfield wine to create this wine. The resulting Pinot Noir is a pure expression of vineyard character. The aromatics are heady with complex fruit and earthy character. They seem to both tantalize and seduce until the wine is tasted and the journey continues. The palate shows layers of velvety texture, dark fruit and savory flavors that reveal, evolve, express and continue.

  • Region: Marlborough
  • Varietal: 100% Pinot Noir
  • Vintage: 2010
  • Vineyard: Single Block Vineyard
  • Vine Age: 12 years old
  • Yield: 1.3 tons per acre
  • Soil Type: Loess Clay over old Greywacke Rock
  • Alcohol: 14%
  • Oak: 18 months in French barrique (40% new)
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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