Power house of rich, dark aromas and flavours. Plum, black cherry, licorice, spice, black current and blackberry mingle with a velvety tannin structure delivering an elegant profile. There is also an underlying vanilla note from the ten months spent in oak. All Vavasour wines are pure expressions of their varietal designation and the singular terroir of our estate vineyard.
The Awatere Valley is a sub-appellation within Marlborough. It has deep Greywacke soils compacted over millions of years by ancient glaciers. Huge boulders, carried down the Awatere River, are strewn across the valley floor. River shingles, gravels and silts help bind these large rocks. The vineyards are partially protected from the prevailing north-westerly winds by a broad range of mountain peaks. Awatere valley wines are particularly prized for their intense aromatics, ripe flavours, dynamic textures and concentration.
Vavasour's 85 hectare (196 acre) estate vineyard is located in the renowned Awatere Valley. The climate here is noteworthy for its wide diurnal temperature swings - an atttribute that contributes to strong personality and incredible balance in the wines. The vineyard's soils are low in fertility and comprised of stones and pebbles mixed with clay and loam. The rainfall ranges from 279-406 mm (11-16 inches) a year, very arid by any measurement.
Our 2013 Pinot features a number of high-quality, low yielding clones - 114, 115, 667 and have been carefully matched to individual micro-terrorist within our vineyard. To extract optimum color, flavour and tannin we used traditional, Burgundian hand-plunging techniques during fermentation. Ten months in French oak barriques (30% new) provided additional aromatics, flavours and structure to the wine.
In The Spotlight
Gold Medal - Sydney International Wine Competition
4.5 Stars and 91 Points - Sam Kim Wine Orbit
4 Stars - Cuisine Magazine; Silver Medal - Marlborough Wine Show
Silver Medal - Air New Zealand Wine Awards
Silver Medal - Royal Easter Show Wine Awards
|Varietal||100% Pinot Noir|
|Bottling Date||February 2014|
|TA (Total acidity)||5.90|
Vavasour Pinot Noir 2013
- Producer: Foley Family Wines - Vavasour
- Region: Awatere Valley, Marlborough, New Zealand
- Availability: In Stock