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Brennan Gibbston Pinot Noir 2008

AWARDED

The Brennan Pinot Noir 2008 has won five Silver medals and awarded 4 Stars from Michael Cooper.

International Wine & Spirit Competition, NZ International Wine Show, Air New Zealand Wine Awards, Boutique Wine Awards and the International Wine Competition.

TASTING NOTES

Dense notes of dark cherry, earth and spice abound in this gracefully balanced Pinot Noir. Delicate herbal characters marry with wild plum and subtle dark chocolate on a palate founded in firm structure. Blackberry briar and a savoury smokiness frame a lingering finish supported by velvety tannins. A classic Gibbston Pinot Noir.

FOOD MATCHING

The 2008 Pinot Noir is quite versatile and would pair well with many dishes. Try with Prime Rib, Roast Beef, Moussaka or Grilled Portobello Mushrooms.

PRODUCTION

625 Cases produced.

VINEYARD

Brennan Family Vineyard: Clones 10/5, 667, 777, 5, 6, 115

The Brennan Family vineyards encompass 8 Hectares of Pinot Noir along the Gibbston Back Road, Gibbston, Central Otago. The site offers several different aspects and soil types ranging from the lean gravel slopes to the heavier clay flats. The majority of the vineyard is well over fifteen years old and represents some of the most mature vineyard in the area.

The fruit selected was: Clone 10/5 from a moderately sloping area of the Brennan Family Vineyards, Clones 667 and 777 from the steep leaner soils of the Brennan Vineyard. OVO Clones 5 and 6 from the higher flats and clone 115 from the moderately sloping/leaner soils of the eastern end of the OVO vineyard.

WINEMAKING

The fruit was vinified in small stainless steel fermenters ranging from 800kg - 2.5T. A seven to ten day cold maceration period was followed by 12 - 18 days of fermentation with maximum temperatures of 28-37degrees Celsius.  Gentle hand plunging was tailored to the fruit parcels and the fermentation profiles.

The wines were matured in barrel for 11 months in 55% new French barriques and carefully blended to highlight the complementary natures of the individual lots.

The wines are completely unfined and unfiltered.