Mt Difficulty Gibbston, Havoc Farm,
Pinot Noir 2016
The wine leads you through a forested glade with wildflower florals, mingled with violets and wild raspberry. Sweet brambly raspberry kicks off the wine, the acidity is apparent from mid flow and tightens the wines focus. Briary tannins compete with acidity whilst violet infused raspberry notes drive the finish of the wine.
Mt Difficulty Havoc Farm Pinot Noir will improve for 8 -12 years given optimal cellaring conditions.
Our winter was dry so we came into the season with low soil moisture, October was significantly warmer than average leading to early bud burst, November carried this warm dry start on and whilst we had a small amount of rainfall leading into December it too was largely drier than normal. This led to an early and successful flowering. January was unseasonably changeable, whilst we had some rain it was the wind and changeability that really influenced growing conditions, delaying the onset of veraison. February cracked on with some super warm and mostly dry conditions outside of one large rainfall event late in the month. March was again unseasonably changeable and overcast with small rain events occurring through the month. Finally, the sun returned in April, along with more settled, warm weather. The variability and overcast days delayed the onset of picking. The vintage was very compact; with everything being harvested over a 24 day period.
We harvested the Pinot Noir from Havoc Farm in one pick on the 24th April; in excellent condition. There are three clones 5, 115, and 10/5 planted on the vineyard and also all represented in this wine. There were two ferments for this wine and these clones were all mixed together to try and enhance early integration. The majority of the fruit was destemmed, with 20% of the fruit retained as whole clusters to help build structural intensity and help reflect the unique characteristics of the site. The wine underwent an 8-9 day cold soak and was hand plunged once daily; this was followed by a 5-6 day natural fermentation with temperature peaking at 29°C during which time the ferment was plunged once daily. The wine stayed on skins for 29 days in total prior to pressing, overnight settling and then to barrel for 14 months. The wine went through malolactic fermentation in the spring, was racked to tank the following winter and bottled, unfined, in December.
Alc. 13.5% T/A 5.8 gL-1 pH 3.76 Residual Sugar <2 gL-1
Accolades & Awards
Bob Campbell, New Zealand Master of Wine
22 July 2018
"Concentrated and quite complex pinot noir, with fresh herb and red fruit flavours, plus a seasoning of spice. A dense, savoury wine, with a firm tannic backbone that indicates development potential".
Mark Henderson - ODT Wine Times 29.8.18
"Intense nose with a little funk. Powerful, grainy tannins, lead pencil, peppery spice, herbs and darker fruits frame the palate; oak seasoning more evident with time: a tangy edge adds a cooler feel. Very young and tightly structured, yet all the elements are there for this to unfurl into something delicious." Read more here