Marlborough Pinot Noir - Silver Linings
This wine displays hallmark Pinot characteristics, floral and berry compote. Pressed straight to French barrel after a 5-day cold soak. An authoritative tannin structure, finely integrated oak and grounding acidity. Featuring a 100% wild ferment, the structured finish is long and abundant in spice.
46% Lower Wairau
Tasted over five days this wine has an impressive consistency, purity and ageing potential. From day one through five the core of fruit remained the focus with aromas and flavours of dark red berries, layers of dark cherry and plum, some raspberry and rose flavours. Layers of wood spice and fine tannins with medium+ acidity hold the all the attributes together leading to a balanced, lengthy and even finish. Well made, a wine for today and the cellar. Best drinking from 2021 through 2030.
Cameron Douglas MS : 94 Points. Excellent
"This is complex and engaging, showing spiced cherry, clove, thyme and smoked game characters on the nose. It's concentrated and persistent on the palate, delivering silky texture and fine grainy tannins, finishing firm and wonderfully long. At its best: Now to 2025. 94 pts. 5 stars.
Sam Kim, Wine Orbit
7th October 2020
BBQ’d venison of course. Or any BBQ red meat.
2019 is regarded as one of the driest lowest yielding vintages Marlborough has seen. The growing season started off well, with a relatively wet spring providing good growth but pretty poor flowering which has meant the berries and bunches of the Pinot were smaller than average. The Pinot’s delivered intense colour and flavour is a reflection of a very dry season.
Drink now until 2033
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Note from Alice
This was a vintage of experimentation. 2019 was the vintage for establishing some rigid sustainability backbones, and part of that was getting the foundations to become a climate positive wine producer. 2019 wines came from multiple vineyards (as did Change Maker Pinot). The purpose of this was to play with components throughout the region, see what each site contributed, and which sites we would ultimately commit to as we move back into single vineyard wines for easier carbon calculations, and more refined winemaking style moving forward. This Pinot is made up from three Marlborough wine regions. Although we were blessed with an amazing vintage, 2020 was a tough year for most, I’ve unofficially called this wine silver lining to honour that good things come out of the most challenging times.
“There is a beautiful silver lining to the storms we go through, especially when we weather them together. The world breaks us all - at some point, in some way. Some of us become stronger where we were once wounded. Maybe that is the point.” Brianna Weist