2016 Kono Pinot Noir
A deep ruby coloured in the glass, this wine displays lifted aromatic layers of
cherry, plum and bright floral notes with subtle hints of wild herbs. The palate
has layered flavours of ripe red and dark fruit, spice and integrated French oak
underpinned by nuances of dry herbs and savoury characteristics. Mid-weight on
the palate, this wine is balanced and mouth-filling with refined silky tannins that
seamlessly lead to a long and elegant finish.
The grapes for this wine are harvested by a state-of-the-art machine harvester
before being transported to our Marlborough winery. Once at the winery small
batches from individual blocks are lightly crushed and destemmed into small
volume open-top fermenters. The resulting juice is then chilled for a cold soak
period of around 7 days before being slowly warmed for fermentation. At the
end of fermentation the wine is drained and pressed and then left to mature on
oak over the cool winter months. The wine undergoes a natural secondary malo-
lactic fermentation once the weather warms in spring, once complete the wine is
blended in tank before being fined and filtered ready for bottling.
The grapes for this wine are sourced from our most stunning vineyards located
in the upper South Island of New Zealand; with the majority sourced from our
Awatere Valley vineyard in Marlborough. Grapes from a variety of Pinot Noir
clones are cropped at low levels with a range of viticultural practices carried out
to maximise quality - including shoot thinning, leaf plucking, crop thinning at
veraison (green thinning) and quality control at harvest time.