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2013
Auntsfield
'Heritage'
Pinot Noir
Southern Valleys of Marlborough

2013
Auntsfield
'Heritage'
Pinot Noir
Southern Valleys of Marlborough

Heritage really is about showcasing the nearly 150-year heritage of Auntsfield. This wine is only made when a selection of traditionally made wine from the steepest hill side exhibits the intensity, complexity, balance and sense of place required to honor the heritage of Auntsfield Estate: Marlborough’s first vineyard and winery.

This wine is made with a sense of place and season. 2013 was characterized by a very an early spring and a very long cool growing season perfect for Pinot Noir. The steep clay hillsides at Auntsfield produce fruit with great density, complexity and tannin structure. Winemaking is carried out with a desire to reveal these characters in the wine. The fruit is hand harvested and gravity fed into open top oak vessels with a proportion of fruit being whole bunch fermented (25%). These are then hand plunged once fermentation begins. The wine is kept on skins for an extended period following fermentation before being aged in oak for 18 months. At bottling a small drop of David Herd’s 1905 Auntsfield wine is put into each bottle, thus showcasing the Heritage.

This is totally seductive on the nose exhibiting mature fruit, smoked meat, clove, black olive and floral characters with hints of dried herb and violet notes. I t is impeccably composed on the palate, showing outstanding weight and plush texture, brilliantly enhanced by rich fruit intensity and savory complexity. The wine offers generosity as well as refinement, leading to a seamless persistent finish.

  • Region: Southern Valleys of Marlborough
  • Varietal: 100% Pinot Noir
  • Vintage: 2013
  • Vineyard: Auntsfield Estate Vineyard
  • Vine Age: 15 years old
  • Yield: .9 tons per acre
  • Soil Type: Loess Clay over Greywacke Rock
  • TA: 6.2 grams per liter
  • pH: 3.46
  • Alcohol: 14%
  • Skin Contact: 25% Whole Cluster - 20 days on skins
  • Oak: 18 months in French barrique (30% new)
  • Production: 200 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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