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Brennan Gibbston Pinot Noir 2009

AWARDED Gold at the Air New Zealand Wine Awards, Gold at the Royal Easter Show, Silver at IWSC, Silver at IWC and Silver at Decanter World Wine Awards

TASTING NOTES

The 2009 Pinot Noir shows beautiful aromas of dark cherry, wild rose briar and subtle cigar box followed by a rich, textural mid-palate of ripe blackberry and plum.

Undertones of tobacco and dark chocolate hint at the finely integrated oak.

The wine finishes long and luscious with silky tannins and delicate characters of liquorice and thyme.

FOOD MATCHING

Being a more full bodied Pinot, the 2009 is best matched with leaner meats such as Venison, Filet Mignon, Duck and Rabbit.  Also try it after dinner with a dark chocolate!

PRODUCTION

620 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.