Mission has never lost sight of its French heritage, as over the years Brothers of the Order have traveled to France to study and learn viticulture and winemaking skills. Current winemaker Paul Mooney has been at Mission for over 30 years, and was originally trained by the Fathers.
If visiting La Grande Maison of Mission Estate, as you progress down the driveway, there is still one row of Muscat grapes that have been grafted over the years from the very original stock bought to Hawke's Bay by the Marist Fathers.
Winemaking We used cold soaking for three days before fermentation started. There was a daily pump over regime. The fermentation was fairly warm and fast; peaking at 29 degrees. After fermentation there was daily tasting to find when the wine had gained its optimum texture before pressing. This post fermentation maceration lasted 14 days. The wine was matured in tank to produce a forward, fruit driven style.
Tasting Notes This 2016 Pinot Noir has a bright colour and a sweet floral bouquet of red cherries, strawberry and spicy aromas. The palate is medium bodied and carries an abundance of sweet fruit and ripe silky tannins. The wine has a fine structure with a rich long finish..
Cellar Potential: Crafted to provide drinking pleasure in the term short; this Pinot Noir will develop more complexity over the next 2-5 years.