Blue Rock Luna Pinot Noir Martinborough New Zealand 2016
Vintage and Vine
Even growing season; not too hot, not too cold, decent rain at the right time, a bit of a ‘goldilocks’ vintage! Fine and relatively settled spring led to a good fruit set. Strong shoot growth in early summer set a good canopy. Rain arrived in the second week of harvest, leading to some fierce picking. Sun returned for remainder of harvest leading to a long warm Autumn.
Crafted from mature vines planted at the Blue Rock vineyard 284 Dry River road Martinborough. Hand harvested from March 28th 2016
Majority destemmed to small open top fermenters. Gentle hand plunging 2-3 times per day. Average maceration 30 days. Gentle pressing to tank followed by around 1 week settle time before being sent to barrel. Oak is all French with a focus on lower toast levels and tighter grain. Around 30% new. Maturation for 12 months. Bottled in July 2017.
pH – 3.55
T/A – 6.0 g/l
RS - > 1.0g/l
The wine Appearance – Dark ruby, youthful
Bouquet – Immediately pretty and floral, lifted red fruits combine with fine oak and earth/spice aromas. Very complex and seductive.
Palate – Power with elegance. Palate is packed with layers of fruit and spice. Super fine tannins flow alongside balanced acidity delivering long richly textured finish.
A wine which showcases the vineyard; frost free hillside site, silty clay loams over limestone and mature vines. Rich velvety Pinot Noir. Can be enjoyed now but will be at its’ best following 5 years in the cellar.