Maori Point Vineyard
2017 Maori Point Grand Reserve Pinot Noir - Professors' Block
Our Reserve Pinot Noir is hand harvested from our favorite section of Māori Point Vineyard. We have been observing this special area and tasting the wines made specifically from it since 2013, and we now call this area our "Professors' Block". This one-acre block of vines was planted in 2002 with the Pinot Noir types Abel and 10/5, and it consistently creates our most elegant, layered, and long-lived Pinot Noir. The 2017 growing season began with cooler temperatures, but starting late January developed more warmth that persisted through to harvest in early April. The result in this wine is classic Pinot Noir elegance without weight, with flavours of dark cherries, vanilla, anise and hints of violets and wood spice. The complexity, soft silky tannins, and long savoury finish indicate that this wine will age well for at least 10 years after release. Native yeasts, unfined, unfiltered, vegan friendly, minimal sulfites.