Wild Earth Pinot Noir 2017

Deep garnet colour with intense aromas of cherry, blackberry, cedar, wild thyme, mushroom and earthy loam. The cooler 2017 vintage has delivered a wine with tremendous concentration and a remarkable core with layers of dark red fruit wild herb and distinctive earthy flavours complementing a richly textured palate. Silky fine tannins, vibrant fruit and intense aromas complement a serious structure with so much finesse. Harmonious and rich, this Pinot is drinking beautifully as a young wine and should continue to deliver enjoyment for 12+ years.

Awards and reviews
Gold, 95 points - International Wine Challenge, London, Nov 2019
Gold - New Zealand International Wine Show, Oct 2019
Gold, 95 Points - Premium NZ Wine Selection, NWWA Sept 2019
5 Stars - Winestate Magazine, June 2019
5 Stars, 95 Points - Sam Kim, Wine Orbit, June 2019
4.5 Stars, 94 points - Bob Campbell MW, The Real Review. June 2019
93 points (outstanding) - Cameron Douglas MS, Oct 2019
Silver - IWSC, UK, Sept 2019
Silver - New Zealand Wine of the Year Awards, Oct 2019

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A cooler growing season with more spring frosts gave us lower crops with smaller bunches leading to a highly concentrated, deeply coloured Pinot Noir with great acidity and a long finish. The cooler season and relatively dry harvest period kept the grapes disease free and in great balance.

This wine is a single vineyard Pinot Noir from a highly awarded site in Bannockburn. The fruit was hand harvested at optimal ripeness with harvest dates ranging from early to late April 2017. Seven ferments went into the blend ranging from 0-50% whole bunches per fermenter with the resulting blend having around 25% whole clusters which aids the tannin structure and aromatics of the wine. The total time on skins ranging from 3 to 4 weeks. The wine was aged in fine grain French Oak: 27% new, 33% 1 year old and 40% 2-5 year old barriques for approximately 12 months. The winemaking intention was for transparency in order to showcase the great personality of this Bannockburn site in a vintage that is truly elegant and graceful.

Gold, 95 Points - International Wine Challenge, London, Nov 2019
"Intense and persistent on the nose with sweet oak spices. On the palate vanilla, toast and cream with red and blue fruits. Lovely intensity with a focused finish; pure, silky and long".

Gold, 95 Points - Premium NZ Wine Selection, NWWA Sept 2019
“The bouquet is very seductive with black fruit, thyme, elegant cedar oak and subtle mushroom complexity.  Velvety with concentration and layers of dark fruit flavour, the tannins are fine, supple and silky with a long persistent finish. A great wine for any occasion, especially one that involves friends, family and food”.

5 Stars - Winestate Magazine, June 2019
"Delicious now, but also ageworthy, this is a single-vineyard, Bannockburn red, hand-picked and matured for a year in French oak (27% new). Full, bright ruby, it is a powerful, young, sweet-fruited and savoury, with a fragrant, slightly earthy bouquet and fresh, deep cherry, plum, spice and nut flavours, combining charm and complexity". 

5 Stars, 95 Points - Sam Kim, Wine Orbit, June 2019
"It is fabulously fruited and gorgeously expressed on the nose showing dark cherry, sweet plum, floral, vanilla and roasted nut characters with a touch of mushroom complexity. The palate is wonderfully weighted and supple, delivering layers of fine texture and delectable flavours, superbly structured by fine, polished tannins".

4.5 Stars, 94 Points - Bob Campbell MW, June 2019
“A single vineyard wine from the Bannockburn subregion. A pleasing and quite complex mix of cherry and plum with fresh herb, violet and wild thyme characters. A bright, elegant, moderately concentrated pinot noir with a slightly rustic edge”.

93 points (outstanding) - Cameron Douglas MS, Oct 2019
"Dark red berry fruits, toasty wood spices, dark rosé  and crushed rock mineral core. Dry on the palate with medium weight, firm, ripe tannins and medium+ acidity. A lovely core of fruit with a great sense of pinosity, power and finish. Still developing though drinkable now and through 2025"