Pinot Noir Whole Bunch 2018
A Wine That
lifts its chin and says, 'hey - New Zealand can make delicious Pinot Noir, too.' It's also the kind of wine that 'tastes of more' — after the first sip the bottle will suddenly find itself empty. Think strawberry gelato and a dusting of black pepper. Yum.
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- Winemaker: The Hermit Ram
Where and How?
This Pinot Noir comes from two vineyards, one a small close planted vineyard on the Omihi slopes and the other on the valley floor. The soil in Omihi is predominantly clay with bands of limestone and iron oxide, and the valley floor has glacial gravels with layers of silt and the odd bit of broken limestone dispersed throughout the profile. Theo explains,
"The clay parcel brings a richness and flesh to this wine whilst the gravel site adds spice and finesse. The use of whole bunches helps to add floral aromatics and length to balance out these textures and to knit the whole wine together. The structural elements and aroma gained from using whole bunches in Pinot Noir from North Canterbury also serves to promote longevity in the wine. It’ll make for fascinating drinking over the coming years."
It is fermented naturally with around 50% whole bunches. Bottled unfined, unfiltered and with just a tiny sprinkling of sulphites (20ppm).
The Winemaker: The Hermit Ram
The more winemakers we meet, the more we understand that the greatest winemakers are also the most humble. That’s definitely the case when it comes to Theo Coles of the Hermit Ram. When we chat with him, it’s clear his enthusiasm for his craft grows on a daily basis, but so does his way of thinking - with experience, he becomes more open-minded, not less.
It’s arguably this mindset that has brought him to where he is today; creating some of the most thrilling and exciting wines that New Zealand has to offer.
But why - and how - are they so great? You might ask. It’s due to their rawness and transparency that these wines are able to communicate their place. In a sea of New Zealand wines that often taste the same, these stand completely apart. They’re unique, and they’re not afraid to be unique.