Koyama Pearson’s Pinot Noir 2018

$45.00 inc. GST

96/100 – Ned Goodwin MW (2017 vintage)
91/100 – Bob Campbell MW (2016 vintage)

“This is exceptional Pinot, defined by an intricate lattice of tannin, drawing the fruit across the palate like the rub of a pumice stone. Gravelly, taut and wonderfully detailed. If one must search for fruit it is there, but it is texture that makes this wine so compelling. Ineffable, really, as with all fine wine. A woody porcini note brims with an umami warmth. Some orange rind, sapid cherry notes and fecund strawberry scents, too. Succulent, despite the modest alcohol. The extraction regime brims with a cool confidence, manifested as glorious drinkability. Among the very best Pinots tasted in a long time.” – Ned Goodwin MW

Tasting Note: This wine is quite aromatic and fruity with a well-integrated acid backbone. Crimson colour with ruby going to a brick red hue. It is a soft and rounded wine with aroma of sweet red berry fruits and red cherries. This is a wine for easy drinking whilst having classic Pinot Noir flavours, and the tannins are notably soft and well rounded. This wine is suitable for mild flavoured foods or drinking by itself. Aged in French Oak barrels (10% new) for 18 months. No fining or filtration is applied.

Winemaking Notes: The grapes were sourced from Gravel Soil Vineyard in the heart of Waipara Valley. The vines were planted in 2004 by Mr. and Mrs. Pearson, mixture clones of UCD5, Dijon 115, Dijon 667, Dijon 777 and 10/5. Free draining stony soil brings the good rich aroma for the wines. Vertical Shoot Positioned Trellis is used to train vines. Grapes were hand harvested into small picking bins, and sorted again in the winery before fermentation. Natural yeast fermentation in open top 1.7t vats for about 20 days, then gently pressed with basket press.

Alcohol: 13.0%

Variety: Pinot Noir

Region: Waipara Valley, North Canterbury, New Zealand

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