Mt Difficulty Bannockburn, Mansons Farm,
Pinot Noir 2015
Mansons Farm Pinot Noir is hand crafted in very limited quantities, this is its second release. Earthy, savoury, sauvage raspberry notes dominate, with background violet floral notes. Floral notes lift the red berry characters, that introduce the wine. These flow into a more densely sculptured mid-palate. The wine continues to build through the finish, and displays a lovely tension through persistent fine-grained tannins acidity and spicy red berry fruit.
Mt Difficulty Mansons Farm Pinot Noir will improve for 10 -15 years given optimal cellaring conditions.
The vines got away to a reasonably slow start: the beginning of spring bloomed dry and cool with low soil moisture coming into the season, and November was characterised by much cooler than normal temperatures. December was warm and remarkably settled leading to a compact and successful flowering. The warm settled spell continued right through January. February arrived and, whilst warm, was unusually damp, with much higher than average rainfall. March dried vineyards back out and the season finished with a warm flourish in April. We again started harvesting with lower sugars than typical at nice ripe flavours. The harvest was very compact, with everything being harvested over a 21 day period.
The fruit for this wine was harvested from our Mansons Farm vineyard on the 16th of April. All of the grapes were destemmed for this wine to try and help soften the structure of the wine. The ferments underwent a period of 9 days pre-fermentation maceration at about 90C. Fermentation took a period of 12 days with a maximum temperature of 300C; the wine sat on skins for a further 5 days till tasting in harmony. The wine was punched down a maximum of once daily right through its maceration on skins. The wine was settled overnight after pressing, and racked to barrel for 16 months. The wine underwent natural malolactic fermentation in the spring and was racked out of barrel in late August. The wine was not filtered or fined before bottling in December 2016.
Alc. 14% T/A 5.1 gL-1 pH 4.6 Residual Sugar <1 gL-1
Accolades & Awards
4 1/2 Stars - Michael Cooper
16 July 2018
"Described on the label as "muscular", the 2015 vintage (4.5*) is from vines planted at Bannockburn in 2000. Barrel-aged for 16 months, it is ruby hued, mouthfilling and firmly structured, with deep, youthful plum, spice, herb and nut flavours, savoury and complex, fresh acidity and obvious cellaring potential. Open 2020+."
Bob Campbell, New Zealand Master of Wine
22 July 2018
"This is only the second release of this single vineyard wine from one of the older vineyard sites in Bannockburn. A seductively soft and silken pinot noir, with initial fruit sweetness giving way to a pleasantly drying finish. Quite a floral, fragrant wine with hidden depths that bottle age promises to reveal".