Cloudy Bay Pinot Noir 2015 75cl

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Country New Zealand
Region Marlborough
Brand Cloudy Bay
Grape Variety Pinot Noir
Size 75cl
ABV 13.8%
Closure Type screwcap
Vintage 2015
Maturity Drink now and up to 10 years
Food Match Prosciutto on ciabatta bread, furneux cheese and walnuts
Style Medium to light bodied

One of the best Pinot Noirs New Zealand can produce. Silky smooth with strawberry and earthy tones.  On the nose, subtle rose notes bloom in the background together with sweet spice and in the mouth, taut in structure with supple tannin and crunchy acidity. The complexity builds upon tasting with earthen notes of graphite, smoke and toasty oak characters.

"Layered with all the intrigue of bright red fruit, heady spice and silky structure, the Cloudy Bay Pinot Noir 2015 is as concentrated as it is refreshing." - Tim Heath (Senior Winemaker)

"This is a lovely expression of Pinot, displaying a savoury red fruit nose with bacon and spice. Really juicy and vibrant, the elegantly structured red fruit palate has hints of a darker character with black cherry, plum and sweet spice. Prickly black pepper finish." - James Button (Decanter)

Country Of Origin: New Zealand

The vineyards of Cloudy Bay are located at superior sites throughout the Marlborough region to maximise the considerable diversity that exists in micro-climates and soil types. The different sites provide nuances of aroma and flavour, bringing complexity to the wines. Cloudy Bay's first commercial vintage was produced in 1985 from purchased grapes, and the company later planted its own vineyards. It was one of the first New Zealand wines to be widely exported and came to attention because of its fruit-forward style and very pronounced varietal character.

 

Grapes for this wine were sourced from carefully selected sites located within the southern Wairau Valley including the Mustang and Barracks vineyards. The soils have a clay base with aged alluvial gravels that provide good drainage. This soil structure allows a relatively consistent availability of water to the vines through the summer months, minimising water stress to the pinot noir vines. The vines are all pruned and trained to a two-cane, vertically shoot positioned canopy with an average yield of 5 tonnes/hectare. 

The 2015 harvest of Pinot Noir took place amidst excellent ripening conditions. The harvest started on March 20th and was concluded by April 4th. The final yield was 20% below average, manifesting in a density and complexity of flavour.

The Pinot Noir fruit was entirely handpicked and de-stemmed before being gravity fed into the fermentation vessels. 13% of the fermentation was comprised of whole bunches. The fermentations utilised natural occuring yeast populations under carefully monitored conditions. The grape skins were gently plunged with an average of 18 days skin contact. After fermentation the wines were matured in French oak for 12 months, of which 35% was new. Country Of Origin: New Zealand

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