lanted on the Martinborough Terrace alluvial gravels in 1989 by Graham and Gill Cleland. This 2ha site is one of the finest in the district. It consistently produces wines with a pure expression of the Martinborough style. Vine age, good shelter, and a blend of Clone 828, UCD Davis clones 5 and 6 merge into classic wines of great depth and character.
The hallmark of this vineyard is the savoury, earthy undertones combining with beautiful ripe black, red, and green fruit flavours which are always expressed in the resulting wine. These characters are consistent from year to year ensuring the¬†Terroir¬†is paramount in the bottle.
The grapes for this wine was grown on the Cleland Vineyard Cambridge Road, Martinborough from 31-year-old vines.
A combination of deep alluvial gravels which the Martinborough Terraces are renowned for, and a blend of Clones UCD 5 and 6 always rewards us with savory, complex, spicy wine.
It was open-top fermented using indigenous yeast in traditional wooden cuvees, hand plunged every 12 hours, with a total vat time of 21 days. After pressing it was matured in 40% new French oak barriques for 18 months. It was fined to protect the flavours and aid brightness in the glass. Bottled without filtration, promoting
soft mouthfeel and texture.
This is an outstanding example of classic Pinot Noir. It will continue to develop for up to 10 years and will always be a wonderful counterpart to any game food.
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