2017 F-SERIES Pinot Noir
A more structured style of Pinot Noir when compared to the Framingham offering. A vineyard selection from sites generally in the southern part of the Wairau valley, where the soils have a little more clay and loam in them compared to the stony soils of our estate. More whole bunches, up to 25-30% depending on vintage conditions, are included. Fermentation and MLF occurs spontaneously, and the wine is left on skins for longer on average for Framingham. Elevage is in French oak barriques, 20% new, for around 14 months. Bottled unfined and unfiltered. Harmless crystals may form in the bottle.
Bob Campbell (MW) - 95/100
'An elegant rather than blockbuster pinot noir, with beguiling sweet red fruit flavours together with a mellow savoury suggestion of vanilla, leaf litter and subtle mushroom characters. A silken-textured wine that's deliciously drinkable now but should develop well'