Mammoth Pinot Noir 2015
$69.90 inc. GST
18.5/20 – Joelle Thomson
“Michael Glover likes to push boundaries but it hasn’t always been that way. A winemaking stint in Italy many moons ago opened new doors of flavour and showed him unconventional ways of making wine. He now grows grapes without irrigation in the Moutere Hills, outside Nelson, New Zealand, which he treats to 100% whole bunch fermentation with no acid, yeast or enzyme additions and then produces this outstanding, full bodied South Island Pinot Noir as a result. It’s rich in flavour but not entirely all about fruit, which is what makes this wine so good, to me. It’s the earthy depth, the dark fruit flavours and the silky mouthfeel that give this wine its powerful but somehow elegant voice. You’ve heard the expression an iron fist in a velvet glove, well, here it is because it drinks well now but clearly has aging potential too; for up to a decade in a good cellar.” – Joelle Thomson
Tasting Note: Organic, dry-grown viticulture in a powerful terroir makes this something very special. Completely minimalist winemaking – no adds save sulphur, no destemming, etc. – allows the power of the fruit to truly shine. Even with the minimal extraction, the Mammoth 2015 Pinot Noir is a dark and brooding Pinot with fabulous depth, power and length. There’s serious concentration but the wine remains bright and savoury with a certain bloody, sappy core (the latter more oak than stem derived) and an abundance of fine tannins. An absolutely brilliant expression of Pinot Noir from the Upper Moutere hills which will be even better with time in the bottle or now with the right food (MG rightly recommends rabbit).
Winemaking Notes: The winemaking follows that of previous releases (i.e. natural ferments and 100% whole bunches), although this year, in response to the season and to avoid excessive extraction, the wines had only 4 pigeage ‘events’, as Glover calls them. The wines also spent an additional 6 months in barrel; in total one year in 1/3 new Ana Sélection hogsheads (a super premium Tronçais barrel used by Nicole Lamarche and Arnaud Mortet for example) and then a further 12 months in older barriques. Glover felt this extra time in oak was important due to the power and abundant tannins in 2015.
Certification: Organic, Biodynamic
Alcohol Volume: 13.5%
Variety: Pinot Noir
Region: Nelson, New Zealand