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Producer: Lake ChaliceGrape Varieties: 100% Pinot NoirOptimum Drinking: Within 5 yearsWine Style: Mid weight fruity red with a savoury finishAlcohol by Volume: 13.5%Country: New Zealand
An elegant and silky Pinot Noir with aromatic notes of sweet ripe raspberries, dried herbs and fresh coffee leading to a savoury finish.
Lake Chalice was established in 1989 with a vision of producing internationally recognised wines from the heart of the Marlborough region. New Zealand’s native falcon, the ‘Kārearea’, is proudly displayed on every bottle of Lake Chalice wine. Kārearea favour the remote mountains and foothills of the upper Awatere and Wairau valleys and these valleys are home to Lake Chalice’s three unique vineyard sites. Each vineyard has a diverse microclimate, biodiversity and terroir which are seamlessly translated into multi award winning wines by talented winemaker Chloe Gabrielsen. Taking a boutique approach she handcrafts parcels of fruit from single vineyards into elegant, aromatic, fruit driven wines and has garnered a global reputation of outstanding quality.
2018 saw a change to the regular weather patterns, with January recording the hottest temperatures Marlborough has experienced, followed by a month of rainfall. Despite these challenging weather conditions the fruit ripened well and harvest took place 10 days earlier than normal, producing slightly lower yields of clean, ripe and intensely flavoured fruit.
The fruit for this wine was harvested from vineyards across the Wairau and southern Waihopai Valleys in Marlborough. The vineyards situated in the sheltered southern Waihopai Valley have well-draining clay over gravel soils, offering perfect conditions to bring out the best in the Pinot Noir variety. The vines are trained with two canes resulting in good fruit concentration.
The grapes were delivered to the winery immediately after harvest retaining the freshness of the fruit. Fermentation took place in stainless steel tanks to retain the purity of fruit and during the peak of fermentation the must was hand-plunged up to eight times per day, in order to ensure the desired levels of fine tannins, colour and flavours were extracted. A light maturation in seasoned French oak barriques followed, imparting subtle complexity to the wine.
An elegant and silky Pinot Noir with aromatic notes of sweet ripe raspberries, dried herbs and fresh coffee leading to a delicate structure and a savoury finish.
Delicious with tender roast duck or wild mushroom dishes.
Pinot Noir 100%
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