The hot, dry vintage in 1998 was hailed by some as the best year for viticulture that the Martinborough region has ever experienced. Yields were even lower than normal, as the vines were subject to heat stress and drought right up until vendage. We started picking on 21 April.

1998 Porters Pinot Noir

A pre-fermentation maceration with 20% whole bunches, and then oak ageing has produced a wine which is rich crimson in colour, with a generous plum and blackcurrant fruit character. The nose delivers hints of spice and earth, and the wine’s savoury character balances the concentrated fruit flavours. Both fruit and oak tannins are fine grained, and combine to provide a wine with considerable texture.

1998 Porters Pinot Gris

The drought conditions which prevailed throughout the summer and into the autumn produced highly concentrated berries. There was considerable berry shrivelling and some botrytis evident when the grapes were finally harvested in May at a brix of 25.2. Some of you would already have tasted our Pinot Gris in comparative blind tastings. We were delighted with the manner in which our wine shone in these tastings, even when compared with distinguished and expensive company from Alsace.
This wine will age well, developing viscosity and increased flavour complexity, while remaining fresh and balanced. The wine is bottled in the traditional long-necked hock bottle.