Mission Estate Pinot Noir 2016

Mission Estate Marlborough Pinot Noir 2016

Marlborough, New Zealand   |    750ml   |    13.8%
With a history dating back to 1851, Mission Estate has claims to being New Zealand's oldest winery. Based in Hawkes Bay, Mission Estate also have sizeable vineyard holdings in the famous Marlborough region. This 2016 Mission Estate Marlborough Pinot Noir is produced from grapes grown on their 'Cable Station Road' block in the Awatere Valley.

This is a seriously impressive example of Marlborough Pinot Noir; with a lifted floral bouquet of red cherries, strawberry and spicy aromas. The palate is medium bodied, with excellent depth of red fruit flavours; cherry, strawberry accompanied by subtle spice and soft tannins. Beautifully structured and easy to enjoy now, this is an exceptional value New Zealand Pinot Noir at this special price.

"Moderately deep ruby-red colour, lighter on the rim. The nose is elegantly concentrated with aromas of savoury dark-red cherry and berry fruit with some fresh and dried herb notes, a little game and undergrowth detail intermixed with fragrant red florals. Medium-full bodied, the palate has light and balanced, lively flavours of dark-red cherry and berry fruit with soft notes of dark and dried herbs. The palate is fruit-focused, unfolding a layer of savoury undergrowth elements. The flavours are up-front and supported by light, supple tannins enabling accessibility with fresh, lacy acidity. The wine carries to a light, lingering finish of red fruits and herbs. This is an elegant, up-front, fruit-focussed Pinot Noir with savoury dark-red cherry and berry fruit, and fresh herbal notes on a supple palate. 17.0/ 20. Dec 2017"- Raymond Chan, raymondchanwinereviews.co.nz

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Mission's story begins with a group of French Missionaries. They sailed to New Zealand with little more than their faith, generations of wine making experience and a few precious vines. They established Mission Estate in Hawke's Bay in 1851, founding New Zealand's oldest winery. The first record of a commercial sale dates back to 1870 when a parcel of mostly dry reds was sold.

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.
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Viticulture: The vineyard for this wine is Mission’s Cable Station Road block in the Awatere Valley. The soils are a free draining clay loam/loess and naturally devigorating. The Pinot block has a gently sloping aspect. The free draining soils and dry climate assures a low crop with small bunches and tiny berries with intense flavour. The vines were trained using careful canopy management and picked at optimum maturity. Brix at harvest was 23 on the 8th of April

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.

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