TE MATA Alma Pinot Noir 2021

TE MATA Alma Pinot Noir 2021

TE MATA Alma Pinot Noir 2021

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Alma celebrates Dr James Thomson, a hero of the 1854 Battle of the Alma during the

Crimean War and forefather to Te Mata Estate’s Buck family. Knowing the vanquished

enemy soldiers had already contracted cholera, Dr Thomson volunteered to tend to their

wounds, saving the lives of over four hundred, and sacrificing his own in the process.

The medal he was awarded for this selfless act of valour appears on the label of Alma

Pinot Noir.


Separate parcels of fully ripened pinot noir grapes were hand-harvested from Te Mata

Estate’s Woodthorpe Vineyards between 15 and 23 February 2021.


The individual lots were each destemmed and given a traditional warm-plunged

fermentation. The resulting wines underwent extended maceration on skins before

pressing. The separate wines were then run to a mixture of new and seasoned French

oak barriques for 10 months’ maturation.


A captivating rose-red and crimson in the glass, Alma ’21 is immediately floral, with

notes of lavender, peonies, wild strawberries, and ripe, red cherries. Woodsmoke, spice

and incense meld into forest berries and rich black plums on a long, savoury palate

hanging on precise, concentrated, super-fine tannins.

A wine of persistence, that overflows with appeal, Alma Pinot Noir ’21 is immediately

enjoyable and endless in its enchantment.


Alma Pinot Noir ’21 is closed with a ‘Diam’ cork, which eliminates any possibility of

cork taint, allowing continued evolution in bottle for 10 years from harvest.



pH 3.57

Total acidity as tartaric 5.0gpl

Alcohol 13.5%

Residual Sugar Dry

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