porters PN 2012 copyAfter being handpicked in April 2012 the grapes were destemmed and then soaked on their skins for a lengthy pre- fermentation maceration. This serves to extract colour and flavour. The grapes were then fermented in small open fermenters for between 21 and 28 days, being hand-plunged four times a day. After fermentation the wine was run to barrel, French oak barriques one third new, for 12 months prior to bottling.

The wine is perfumed with hints of sweet cherry and smoky oak; on the palate the wine is feminine and delicate, but shows power and a concentration of fruit in the mid palate structure, underpinned by fine grained tannins.

This wine is rich and delicious — a fine example of a Martinborough Pinot Noir.

The wine is drinking well now, and will reward cellaring.

Raymond Chan Wine Review

Pinot Noir fruit from the ‘Old’ and ‘House’ blocks from vines up to 20 y.o., fully destemmed, given a cold soak and fermented to 13.8% alc., the wine spending 21 days on skins and aged 11 months in 30% new French oak barrels. Bright, moderately deep ruby-red with light garnet hues on rim. This has a delicate and fragrant, tightly bound bouquet of soft red berry fruits and red florals along with a spicy, nutty oak background. Medium-full bodied with plenty of vinous presence, the fruit flavours of cherries and soft red fruits are light in presentation and lifted by floral elements. A savoury, nuttiness underlines the fruitiness. The palate features a very fine, textured mouthfeel with powdery tannins and a smooth flowing linearity, driven a little by the alcohol, leading to a firm, sustained finish. This is an elegant, tight and finely structured Pinot Noir with subtle red fruit flavours. Match with tuna, salmon, rabbit and duck over the next 4-5+ years. Approx. 800 cases made. 17.5-/20 Dec 2013 RRP $45.00