Craggy Range Te Muna Road 2010 Pinot Noir

About the Wine:

From the old, stony soils of the higher terrace on our Te Muna Road Estate, this vineyard is planted with eight clones of Pinot Noir in more than 40 different parcels. From this melange of parcels, the grapes are hand-picked and fermented with indigenous yeasts before spending 8 months in small French oak barrels without racking to produce our Te Muna Road Pinot Noir – a dark and brooding wine with a silky layered texture that provides interest and complexity.

Deep red in color with prominent aromatics of black cherry and boysenberry overshadowing subtle notes of rose petal, bark, and a hint of fresh mint. It is rich on the palate showing fine oak and intriguing mushroom while soy and dried herb flavors provide complexity to the sweet dark fruited core of this wine. The finish is long and lithe.

About the Winery:

Minute variations in temperature are recorded and overlaid on a map where soil specialists record the subtle variations in soil. Row ends curve to match the soil type variation beneath. Special vines – often sourced from French vineyards – are planted in their own unique terroir and cared for by skilled workers. And the rocks, that others bury to make life easier, are carefully placed underneath the vines to provide reflection and heat for the developing grapes. Vines are managed in balance with their environment in a system of sustainable ecological viticulture that maximises natural input and controls anything synthetic. Every stage of the vine’s growth is measured and compared to ensure the vine is kept in balance and harmony with its age and environment.

The Craggy Range Te Muna Road vineyard is 7 km outside the township of Martinborough, at a higher elevation, which delays harvest by about a week. The area enjoys a climate that is closely aligned with the famous cool climate regions of Burgundy, the Loire Valley and Marlborough. Here, the focus is on their own cultivation of the classic cool climate varieties of Sauvignon Blanc and Pinot Noir.

The vineyard consists of two distinct terraces, one with very old stony soils at a higher altitude, producing exceptional Pinot Noir. Stylistically the Pinot Noir wines show great complexity, a reserved intellectual feel and very good length.

The second lower terrace is younger stony soil, interlaced with lumps of limestone, excellent for Sauvignon Blanc. All white wines from the vineyard show a distinctive fine soft chalky texture and great elegance.

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