2015
Auntsfield Estate
'Single Vineyard'
Pinot Noir
Southern Valleys of Marlborough

2015
Auntsfield Estate
'Single Vineyard'
Pinot Noir
Southern Valleys of Marlborough

The 2015 season offered up many challenges but particularly a cold windy Spring which reduced yields to very low levels. This fruit developed through a warm summer and mild weather during the harvest period, allowing the fruit to ripen to optimal levels in the cool and settled Autumn conditions. A season of low crops and incredible fruit ripeness and intensity.

This wine was made with a minimalist philosophy, designed to enable the characteristics of the grapes and the vineyard to be revealed. The fruit was hand-harvested, hand-sorted, gently destemmed and gravity-fed to tank. Fermented with a combination of indigenous and cultured yeasts, careful hand plunging was utilised to gently extract flavours and tannins from the skins. Maturation occurred in French oak barriques for approximately 10 months.

Dark cherry, blackberry and floral aromas are complimented by more savoury aromas of dark chocolate, forest floor and cigar box. The palate of this wine shows a rich silky texture which is full and concentrated. Interwoven flavours of spice, dark fruit and savoury characters are revealed by a succulent and fine tannin structure. The structure of this wine is tight, yet rich and full with seamless length.

  • Region: Marlborough
  • Varietal: 100% Pinot Noir
  • Vintage: 2015
  • Vineyard: Auntsfield Estate
  • Vine Age: 16 years old
  • Yield: 2 tons per acre
  • Soil Type: Loess Clay over Greywacke Rock
  • TA: 5.5g/L
  • pH: 3.54
  • Alcohol: 14.0%
  • Oak: 10 months in French barriques
  • Production: 650 cases
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. They planted blocks of the property with Sauvignon Blanc, Chardonnay and Pinot Noir, taking real care to select the best plots for... Learn More »

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