2011
Auntsfield Estate
'Single Vineyard'
Pinot Noir
Southern Valleys

2011
Auntsfield Estate
'Single Vineyard'
Pinot Noir
Southern Valleys

It is extremely rare that a Marlborough winery has a greater following for Pinot Noir than Sauvignon Blanc, but that is the case with Auntsfield Estate. This is the passion of the Cowley's and it shows with the results. The wines are distinctive for their lifted aromatics, silky mouth feel and the powerful expression of pure fruit, ripe tannin, and balanced oak.

The 2011 season was characterized by a cold spring and a long growing season which resulted in low crops of loose open bunches. A long Autumn meant the fruit ripened evenly with small dark, dense and very clean berries.

This 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 utilized to gently extract flavors and tannins from the skins. Maturation occurred in French oak barriques for approximately 10 months.

Aromas erupt of dark cherry, blueberry and black plum complimented by more savory tones of cassis, tea leaf, floral notes of dried rosemary, and dried spices. The immediate draw from the palate is a rich, silky texture, which is full and concentrated. Interwoven flavors of spice, dark fruit and savory 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: Southern Valleys of Marlborough
  • Varietal: 100% Pinot Noir
  • Vintage: 2011
  • Vineyard: Auntsfield Estate
  • Vine Age: 12 years old
  • Yield: 2.3 tons per acre
  • Soil Type: Loess Clay over Greywacke Rock
  • TA: 5.3 g/L
  • pH: 3.58
  • Alcohol: 14.5%
  • Oak: 10 months in French barrique (25% new)
  • Production: 1,500 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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