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Wild Earth Pinot Noir Reserve “Earth & Sky” 2019


A seductive nose of cherry, plum, lilac, incense, cedar, earthy loam and wild thyme. This is an elegant expression of the Bannockburn sub-region with lovely red and blue fruit, camphor and florals supported by fine tannins that are intricately woven around the fresh acidity. This Pinot Noir is laden with perfume and intricate detail,expres sing a gracefulness that is the hallmark of great sites in a cooler growing season. This wine is a pleasure to drink young but will continue to develop for a decade or so, making it a great option for the cellar.

Awards and reviews
96 points, 5 stars, Sam Kim – Wine Orbit
5 stars, Winestate Magazine, Oct 2020
19/20, 5 stars, Candice Chow, Raymond Chan Wine Reviews
93 points, Outstanding – Rebecca Gibb MW, Vinous, March 2021
93 points, 4.5 stars, Bob Campbell MW – The Real Review
93 points (excellent) – Cameron Douglas MS
Silver – New Zealand International Wine Show 2020

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The 2018 – 2019 growing season returned to more classic conditions with warm (but not hot) days and cool nights. Yields were normal with minimal disease pressure and we had the benefit of the classic long hang time. The cool nights helped retain the perfect level of acidity.

Only the very best grapes from vineyards in the well renowned Bannockburn area are selected to produce this ‘Earth and Sky’ Pinot Noir 2019. This wine is a blend of three Bannockburn vineyards ranging from 10 to 19 years old. One of the sites is planted on the sandier soils of Cairnmuir Road and the other two border the Bannockburn Sluicings, a distinctive geographic landmark that is steeped in mining history. The grapes from these vineyards were fermented separately with a range of 0-50% whole clusters with the resulting blend having around 15% whole clusters which aids the tannin structure and aromatics of the wine. The total time on skins ranging from 21-25 days. The wine was aged in fine grain French oak: 22% new and the rest in 2-5 years old barriques for approximately 12 months. The wine was bottled unfined, unfiltered.

Alcohol: 13.0%
PH: 3.66
T.A: 5.9g/L
RS: dry <1g/L

Awards and reviews
96 points, 5 stars, Sam Kim – Wine Orbit
“Offering grace and sophistication, this stunning rendition shows dark cherry, violet, thyme, toasted almond and subtle spice aromas on the nose, leading to a gorgeously weighted and rounded palate that displays flowing mouthfeel and silky tannins. It’s complex and multi-layered with sweet fruit and engaging savoury nuances, finishing impressively long and refined. Aug 2020”.

5 stars, Winestate Magazine (Michael Cooper), Oct 2020
“Already very approachable, this seductive red was grown at three sites in Bannockburn, matured in French oak barriques (22% new), and bottled unfined and unfiltered.  Bright ruby, with a very fragrant, savoury bouquet, it is mouthfilling and supple, with impressive delicacy, complexity, harmony and length”.

19/20, 5 stars, Candice Chow, Raymond Chan Wine Reviews
“Bright, even, medium ruby-red with a black tinge. The nose is gently soft with aromas of sweet plums, black cherries, interweaved thyme and dill; along with a dusting of oak spices. The palate is elegantly soft, medium-bodied. Racy acidity provides freshness and balance to dark shaded plums and cherries; melded with dark herbs and fragrance oak spices, flows to a long and fine finish. Supple tannin extraction of fine-grained oak and whole-bunches, silky and dusty with a good grip, extended the palate to a broader dimension. There are some liquorice and savoury detail as it aerated, unfolding subtle interest. This is an elegantly soft Pinot Noir with flavours of dark cherries and plums, thyme and delicate spice detail on a supple, silky tannin structure line. Match with quail and duck over the next 5-8 years. Best grape selections from three vineyards in Bannockburn. Around 15% whole-bunch. Aged 12 months in French oak, 22% new, the rest are 2-5-year-old barriques. 13% alc. Unfined, unfiltered. 19/20 pts July 2020”

93 points, Outstanding – Rebecca Gibb MW, Vinous, March 2021
“Delivering a high level of fruit concentration, suggestive of low yields, this is a Pinot that’s received a lot of attention. Expect damson skin, anise, tea leaf and cinnamon in this savory yet herbal style. The tannins are well handled, coating the palate with a cloak of gravelly grain and providing a satisfying finish. Fresh and persistent”.

93 points, 4.5 stars, Bob Campbell MW – The Real Review
“From the Bannockburn subregion, this is an elegant, supple pinot noir with dark cherry, plum, violet, thyme, anise and subtle nutty oak flavours. A smooth-textured and appealing red with a strong varietal and regional identity”.

93 points. Excellent, Cameron Douglas MS
“Ripe, fruity, varietal and very pretty bouquet with aromas of sweet scented roses, fresh raspberry and plum then a mix of toasty newer oak and wood spices. Overall youthful and very expressive on the nose. Equally fresh and youthful on the palate with first ripe wood and fruit tannins, medium+ acidity and contrasting core of fruit flavours. Give this wine some time to completely harmonise – with best drinking from late 2021 through 2026”.

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