Wither Hills

Wither Hills Wairau Valley

Marlborough Pinot Noir2012 Wither Hills Wairau Valley Marlborough Pinot Noir 750ml

Rich brooding aromatics full of dark wild berry fruits, alluring toasty spice and subtle earthy undertones set the scene for this 2012 Marlborough Pinot Noir, showcasing true 'Southern Valley' concentration and elegance.

Goes great with:

  • Game Bird

  • Game Meat

  • Lamb

  • Pork & Ham

$2299 RRP 750ml bottle

From seductive bright morello cherry, fresh brambly wild berry compote, subtle French oak spice, black olive and lingering ‘blue’ aromatics; this Pinot delivers a youthful evocative Marlborough Pinot Noir.

Description:

Aromas:
Rich brooding aromatics full of dark wild berry fruits, alluring toasty spice and subtle earthy undertones blend together in a concentrated hedonistic bouquet.
Palate:
Layers of sumptuous fruit and spice continue onto the palate with a core of juicy fruit bundled together with bright acidity and fine ripe fruit tannins, delivering the hallmark Wither Hills Pinot Noir style.

Food and Wine Match:

It is a Pinot Noir to be enjoyed with an array of foods from smoked venison, seared tuna and Szechuan style foods through to twice cooked duck and pork belly with a hint of five spice. Sit back, relax and savour!

Cellaring:

Up to 12 years.

Harvest Notes:

Not since 1997 vintage have we had such a cool ripening season! It was mostly spent waiting for a summer in Marlborough that never came. Surprisingly though, the plant mitigated this challenge with low cropping levels with in some cases up to a 30% reduction in fruit set. This in turn delivered a longer and slower ripening curve, showing ‘true’ cool climate conditions and thus allowing physiological ripening in balance with sugar accumulation. We were pretty much 10-15 days behind in harvest and the saving grace was April; the only month where we achieved above average temperatures. The timing could not have been better – providing wines of intensity, balance and amazing flavour!

Fermentation Notes:

Our two stunning Pinot Noir vineyards, Benmorven and Taylor River, make up the majority of this blend with the fruit for this Pinot Noir coming from Marlborough’s famed ‘Southern Valley’s’ sub region. Each vineyard was hand harvested at optimum ripeness and kept separate throughout the winemaking process to provide the greatest possible individual expression. The fruit was cold soaked in square fermenters, inoculated with selected and wild yeast strains, basket pressed and left to relax for 14 months in French Oak Barriques, during which the wine underwent malolactic fermentation. The wine was then blended, egg white fined, filtered and bottled, resulting in a classically elegant yet opulent mouth-filling Marlborough Pinot Noir.

Vintages

Technical Information

Vintage:
2012
Variety:
Pinot Noir
Region:
Marlborough
Alcohol:
14%
pH:
3.37
Residual Sugar:
0 g/l