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1 - 12 of 62 South Island Red Wines
Amisfield Pinot Noir
Central Otago
Available in cartons of six
Hand picked fruit and a measure of whole bunch clusters, barely crushed and cold soaked for a wild indigenous yeast ferment, gently plunged and delicately pumped over, to extract gross solids while preserving textural integrity, followed by an extended soak up of optimal tannins and ten months maturation in good French oak. Youthful aromatic expressions of sweet red cherries, mulberries and plum, a fully complex and lingering palate, the oak is light and subtle to complement the fine grained tannins, juicy winegum flavours and savoury, morello acidity.
$4299each
$515DOZEN
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Amisfield RKV Reserve Pinot Noir
Central Otago
Available in cartons of six
A single magnificent parcel of Pinot Noir vines, planted to the gravelly Lochar soils of a rocky knoll on Amisfield Block in Central Otago 1. The parched plantings send their roots deep into the inhospitable terrains, struggling for water and yielding meagre harvests of the most intensely flavoured fruit.
$11899each
$1427DOZEN
EACH
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Grapes are all hand picked, some whole bunches are included and a component of the wine begins its ferment amongst the vines. A month of cold macerations and natural indigenous yeast vinification is followed by a gentle press into a selection of seasoned and new French oak barriques for completion of malolactic, a judicious term of age, rack and return, before bottling, unfiltered and unfined.
 
Deep dark beetrot red. Complex bouquets, layers of dark berries and red fruit intertwine with delicate spice. The palate exhibits marvelous power and restraint, a lineal backbone of vibrant acidity in support of a broad mouthfilling, textural canopy of savoury varietal fruits, fine black velvet tannins in support, simply an action packed palate before a lengthy, undulating finish.
Catalina Sounds Pinot Noir
Marlborough
Available by the dozen
Pinot Noir is anything but predictable, as it grows in the vineyard and throughout vinification, it is a variety with many personalities, often choosing to do the opposite of what we expect. With a challenge like that, who isn't intrigued? From picking decisions, through processing and fermentations, pressing and ageing in French oak, Catalina Sounds are meticulous in their pursuit of an exuberantly wild fermented, complex and structured wine, yet always keep in mind that minimal intervention is the best approach to handling the noble but capricious Pinot Noir.
$2599each
$311DOZEN
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Catalina Sounds prefer to allow Pinot Noir to express itself, for a wine that's structured and elegant, approachable and food friendly. Working to principles of sustainable land management and good governance of the environment, the team are also proud supporters of Pink Hope, caring for young women who have been affected or are at risk of cancer. Pinot Noir grapes are de-stemmed into open fermenters, some parcels are run off to new French oak to create an interesting, more savoury component, the open fermenters continue to dryness. Batches remain on skins for a few weeks before being pressed to a mix of seasoned and new French oak barriques for malolactic and maturation.
 
Garnet red with brick hues. Strawberries and blood orange, nutmeg, white pepper and floral notes to the bouquet. Lovely Pinot flavours of sour cherry and spice, leather and tobacco. Medium bodied, supported by long tannins and good acid balance, will continue to soften and develop savouryness. Ready to be enjoyed right now, fresh and vibrant, alongside rillettes of duck or game bird cassoulet.
Crowded House Pinot Noir
Marlborough + Nelson
Available by the dozen
An exclusively South Island Pinot Noir, sourced from a number of small growers in the esoteric and bohemian quarter of vineyards around Nelson River, with components drawn from good sites in Marlborough. A variety of clones, as well as some diverse microclimes, have provided a great spectrum of flavours to craft an elegant, distinctively varietal, engagingly complex wine. An exemplary, regionally focused Pinot Noir with gentle spice and ample cherry fruit, clearly planned with good food in mind. Raise a glass to all those dedicated, independent growers.
$2099each
$251DOZEN
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The quality of fruit is central to Crowded House, sourcing the finest possible from the best growers is fundamental. New Zealand's best vineyards form the foundations of Crowded House, translating into wines that are balanced first and foremost. Parcels from Marlborough, Central Otago and Nelson River have been woven into a tapestry of charming pinosity, robed in gentle tannins and cradled within a basket of lithe oak. Fermented in small batch open top fermenters, a long cold soak is followed by several days of vinification. Some batches are treated to extended skin contact before being pressed to oak. Others are fermented to wild indigenous yeasts before ageing in a mix of new and prior use oak.
 
Bright ruby red with hues of brick. Raspberries, pomegranates and cherry bouquet, dark chocolate, spices and toast. Long fine tannins intertwine seductively with dark cherries, vanilla, cinnamon and earth, complimented by a generous and silky mouth feel. The palate is fleshy and balanced by fine tannins before a pleasant, lingering finish. The flavours and textures persist long after the last sip.
Dog Point Pinot Noir
Marlborough Wairau
Available by the dozen
From plantings dating back to the late 1970s, older well established vines on free draining silty clay loams, yielding fully ripe Pinot Noir grapes with concentrated characters and exemplary varietal expressions. The superlative sites are managed by viticulturist Ivan Sutherland, the fruit is vinified into a robust Burgundian styling by James Healy, both contributed to the genesis at neighbouring Cloudy Bay. An ambitious collation of Dijon clones 777, 667 and 115, Pommard clone 5, Abel and 10/5 from the illustrious Dog Point Vineyard.
$3999each
$479DOZEN
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Ivan Sutherland owns extensive Marlborough vineyards and supplies fruit to many of Marlborough's most recognizable labels, the cream of the crop is reserved for Dog Point. The philosophy at around the winemaking operation involves nothing less tham total involvement by the stakeholders, from the vineyard and nurture of the fruit, throughout the entire winemaking process, whilst aiming to preserve the distinctive style and regional expression of Dog Point wines. Following the harvest and crush, fruit is inoculated through the action of wild indigenous yeasts and vinified for two to three weeks, followed by transfer to a selection of seasoned French oak barriques for eighteen months maturation.
 
Deep ruby colour. Aromas of vibrant ripe red fruit imbued with hints of violet over subtle smoke and earth nuances supplemented by spicy oak savouriness. Richly flavoured with intense red fruits, well balanced subtle sweetness and spicy well integrated oak to a delicate, lingering finish. To accompany rare duck breast or truffled venison pie.
Drift Marlborough Pinot Noir
Marlborough
A decidedly regional Pinot Noir, Drift are all about capturing the natural endowments of Marlborough and bringing the goodness of it all to the world. Minimal intervention is a priority, to ensure that the wines clearly expresses the uniqueness of the land. Drift take a decidely eclectic approach to constructing a wine that expresses the totality of all good things Marlborough. The palate is animate with ripe red cherry and raspberry flavours, perfumed by spice notes, supported by gentle tannins and juicy acidity, wrapped in a veil of supply seasoned oak.
$2199each
$263DOZEN
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Giant Steps Central Otago Tosq Vineyard Pinot Noir
Central Otago
Available in cartons of six
Central Otago is a winegrower's paradise and a Pinot Noir maker's dream, a topographical cornucoppia of microclimes and stupendous terroirs. Planted to rich glacial deposits along the Wanaka Cromwell Highway, under the lee of Sugarloaf near the hamlet of Pisa, the frugal harvest of TOSQ Vineyard is treated to traditional wild yeast open vinification. The active barrels set sail across the Tasman for completion of ferments at the Giant Steps wineworks in Yarra Valley. Central Otago as you like it, gummy, soily tannins, peppery black brambles, gelatinous opulence and palate weight throughout.
$6499each
$779DOZEN
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Grasshopper Rock Pinot Noir
Central Otago
Available by the dozen
Named for a rare grasshopper Sigaus childi, found only at Central Otago within the Earnscleugh gold mine tailings, just across the road from Grasshopper Rock vineyard. The site is fortuitously harsh and sufficiently challenging to make the vines work their hardest. With extremes of heat and cold comes the risk of severe spring and autumn frosts, the property represents a demanding but rewarding environment for the production of world class Pinot Noir.
$3999each
$479DOZEN
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Earnscleugh Road is at the southernmost latitude of established wine growing in Central Otago. At 45┬░15' south, the property is one of the most isolated in the world, along with a select group of other sites on the Earnscleugh Rim. Grasshopper Rock is one of the few tracts of quality arable land in the Dunstan Basin. Within the site, there are three distinct areas, Blocks 1 and 2 are hill soils on shattered schist, Blocks 3 and 4 are at the foot of the hill on loamy sand over schist gravel, Blocks 5 and 6 are out from the hill on loamy sand and stony schists. A single vineyard wine from fruit grown to hand managed vines, crafted to traditional techniques, matured ten months in a selection of seasoned and new French oak barrels.
 
Bright, deep scarlet. Deeply aromatic with earth, cherry and charming violet florals, darker fruits and concentration, gentle spice and toasty oak. Smoothly textured palate with ripe tannins in support of red and black currant and plum flavours. Rich, generous yet wonderfully integrated on release, a long savoury finish and perfect balance of cherry Pinot acids.
Highfield Marlborough Pinot Noir
Marlborough
Available by the dozen
$3299each
$395DOZEN
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Hinton Hill Country Pinot Noir
Central Otago
Available in cartons of six
$2699each
$323DOZEN
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Loveblock Marlborough Pinot Noir
Marlborough Awatare
Available by the dozen
$3299each
$395DOZEN
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Main Divide Pinot Noir
Canterbury Waipara
Available by the dozen
Main Divide is the mighty range of Southern Alps which form the backbone of Te Wai Pounamu. The highly accomplished Pegasus Bay team work with good local growers to realize harvests of the finest fruit. Pinot Noir is assembled from a handful of choice vineyards planted to unique terroirs, which can speak of the world's most challenging mesoclimes. An artisanal Burgundy style vinification achieves a rich and seductive Pinot wine, endowed with savoury meat and trade spice characters, integrated oak and harmonious tannins.
$2499each
$299DOZEN
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Harvests are collated from select vines planted to a mixture of clay and stony soils. Good exposure to sunlight in the lee of the southern Alps is essential to keeping the fruit healthy and well ventilated, achieving optimal ripening. Grapes are destemmed into small fermenting vats, retaining as many whole berries as possible. Several days of cold settling are followed by a wild indigenous yeast vinification. The fermenting caps are submerged twice daily for optimal extractions. Upon completion, components are held on skins for several weeks, infusing complexity and enhancing textures, before transfer into a selection of Burgundian coopered French oak barriques for malolactic and a year's maturation.
 
Bright ruby hue. Raspberry, bramble and black cherry nose, hints of cinnamon, liquorice, wood smoke and barbecued meat. A generously fruit filled palate supported by a spine of muscular ripe tannins, contributing vibrancy and length. Dark plum, truffles and spice, earthy flavours and underlying power. Match with coq au vin, barbeques and slow cooked game.
1 - 12 of 62 South Island Red Wines
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