Marlborough Pinot Noir

PINOT NOIR

Marlborough

Vintage

2018

Region

Predominately from Comely Bank Vineyard, Waihopai Valley Road, in Marlborough's Wairau Valley.     

Winemaking

The grapes are extensively green thinned at mid veraison to ensure even ripeness. 

Machine harvested early morning, the grapes are crushed and destemmed at the winery and go thru a 5 day cold soak before warming and inoculating with D254. The ferment is allowed to warm to 32 degrees, the grapes are then hand plunged twice daily to extract colour and flavour. Once dry the wine is inoculated with malolactic bacteria for secondary fermentation. As a fruit forward style there is limited oak in the maturation process. The wine is stabilised and was bottled in September 2018.

 

Colour/Appearance

Pink rim and pale crimson core

Bouquet/Nose

Aromatics of ripe cherry, dark roasted nuts and hints of oak/tobacco   

Palate/taste

Smooth powdery tannins, strawberry/cranberry flavours mingle with fresh herb accents.

A lingering savoury finish

 

Cellaring

Drink now or age over the next 3-5 years

Foods

 

Alcohol

Residual Sugar

Acidity

pH

Packaging

Works well with lamb, pork and (of course) duck

 

13.3%

 0 g/l

 5.6 g/l

 3.54

6 x 750ml cartons

 REVIEWS

January 2019 - The USA Tasting Institute 

GOLD MEDAL - 92 Points - Exceptional

"An intriguing spicy and savoury pinot with a come hither personality and a rewarding finish." 

January 2019 - USA 2019 International Winemaker Challenge

SILVER Medal - 94 points 

February 2019 - Wine Spectator 

Awarded 91 Points by MaryAnn Worobiec 

"Supple and elegant, offering fresh strawberry and cranberry flavors that mingle well with mineral and fresh herb accents. A note of matcha lingers on the finish, with powdery tannins."  

Review of 2016 Duck Hunter Pinot Noir by wine critic Dean Major. 

February 2017

Duck Hunter Marlborough Pinot Noir 2016 is a well made, varietal, crowd-pleasing, medium bodied reminder that Marlborough produces considerably more than just sauvignon blanc. The wine is dry without being arid, its fine tannins and a hint of lightly charred oak giving it just enough grip and backbone to prevent it from being too soft. This delicious pinot noir is no cherry-berry fruit bomb, but is savoury, moreish and very drinkable.

Made to be drunk in the short term, Duck Hunter Marlborough Pinot Noir 2016 will develop for a couple of years after vintage, then hold for a couple more. Why wait.

Our 2016 was GOLD medal and TROPHY winner at 2017 Marlborough Wine Show