Huia Pinot Noir 2008
On the nose the wine shows spice, violets, vanilla and dark cherry. The palate is rich with ripe berry and dark cherry with hints of smoke, spice and savoury notes. The French oak imparts a gentle vanilla pod flavour and the silky but firm grape tannins are well integrated. The wine has great balance, length and structure and will age well.
Variety: Pinot Noir
Producer: Huia Vineyards
Harvest Date: 22nd – 26th March 2008
Bottling Date: 25th March 2009
Release Date: September 2010
Winemaker Notes: A sunny and warm growing season ripened the grapes and these were hand-picked on the 23rd and 24th of March. Once de-stemmed and crushed into tank for ferment, the grapes soak in their own juice. After five days or so we inoculate with wine yeast for fermentation. Once racked and pressed off grape skins the wine matures in French oak for eleven months before being bottled.
Viticulture Notes: The 2008 Huia Pinot Noir is sourced from our two Pinot Noir vineyards. The Huia vineyard Pinot Noir, planted in 1995, is grown on river-run shingle to very stony alluvial silts on the Rapaura sub region. The remainder of the Pinot Noir is grown on the upper terraces of the Brancott Valley in free draining clay loam and stone soils.
Alcohol: 13.5 %
Residual Sugar: <1g/l
Total Acidity: 5.1g/l