Wither Hills Pinot Noir

From seductive bright morello cherry, fresh brambly wild berry compote, subtle French oak spice, black olive and lingering ‘blue’ aromatics; this pinot noir delivers a youthful evocative Marlborough Pinot Noir. The seamless tension, bright acidity and supple ripe fruit tannins, elegance, texture and Pinosity are all bound together with a balanced acid tannin profile delivering the hallmark Wither Hills Pinot Noir style which if patient will reward cellaring for up to 15 years. In its youth this Pinot Noir will pair itself with most foods from smoked eel, seared tuna, and Szechwan style foods, through to the more traditional fare of twice cooked duck and my favourite at the moment pork belly with a hint of five spice. Sit back, relax, and savour!

Winemaking Notes

Our two stunning pinot noir vineyards Benmorven & Taylor River make up the majority of this blend with all the fruit for this Pinot Noir coming from Marlborough’s famed ‘Southern Valley’s’ subregion. Each vineyard site 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 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.

Wine Production Stats

Alcohol: 13.5%
Total Acidity: 6.8g/L
Brix: 25
pH: 3.4
Oak: French Oak Barriques 14 months

What a vintage to kick the new decade off with for Marlborough Pinot Noir! The 2010 is an absolute cracker! However it didn’t appear promising to begin with – leading into December we were worried if we were going to be able to ripen what was on the vine. A 10 year low in growing degree days had prevailed. Luckily Huey came through in the latter half of the season sending High after High pressure systems over the Tasman into the Marlborough region. Ripening advanced perfectly, and the harvest delivered on time with some of the cooler sites looking absolutely stunning – not just structurally but displaying amazing intensity and spectrum of pinot noir aromas. The pinot noir thrived this season and with the Vistalys optical berry sorter running the show it was a beauty to watch our batches from our pinot noir vineyards develop over the last 15 months.

89 Points

Wine Spectator
"Cherry and berry flavors are bright and succulent in this smooth-bodied red. Tobacco, spice and toast notes fill in on the finish. Drink now through 2016."
- MaryAnn Worobiec (2010 vintage)

96 Points

Australian Wine Companion
"Outstanding clear crimson color; a beautifully articulated and crafted pinot, with effortless red fruit flavours and silky texture; gold medal at Air New Zealand Wine Awards no surprise. 96 points; drink to 2017."
- James Halliday (2008 vintage)