Maude Pinot Noir 2016
Maude is a family-owned wine company, created by experienced winemaking couple Sarah-Kate and Dan Dineen. Producing hand crafted wines from their custom build winery amidst the stunning back drop of Lake Wanaka in Central Otago, New Zealand. The family estate vineyard, Mt Maude, was planted in 1994 on the steep north facing slopes of the sheltered Maungawera Valley just outside of Wanaka, Central Otago.
VINIFICATION A combination of our two other Central Otago vineyards, each vineyard contributing uniquely to the finished wine. Sitting Bull Vineyard – producing dense, concentrated and fleshy Pinot Noirs as it lies in the heart of Central Otago, nestled just above the shores of Lake Dunstan. The Fish Hook Vineyard in the Queensbury sub-region, higher in elevation, cooler and later to ripen, gives the perfume, structure, line and finesse to the blend. Each clone and parcel are hand harvested, fermented separately and very traditionally in open topped tanks, hand plunged, indigenous yeasts with a portion of whole bunch included in each fermenter. A month on skins for tannin development prior to pressing. Maturation in French barriques (30% new) for 10 months before bottling. As we prefer not to fine or filter our Pinot Noirs, this wine may form a sediment over time. Decanting is recommended to ensure clarity.
TASTING NOTES: Layers of ripe dark cherry and berry fruits, hints of violet, clove and cinnamon with subtle whole bunch complexities. Medium to full bodied, the palate is voluminous where dark fruit flavours are supported by velvety tannins, creating a wine with structure and poise.