Fine-boned, premium red with lovely floral, fruity aromas and an alluring, fresh juiciness. The satiny-soft tannins perfectly envelope the plush flavours of potpourri, raspberry, olive, wood smoke and cranberry. Absolutely stunning!
Try with roast pork shoulder or pan-seared duck breast and sweet potato mash.
This wine is 100% Pinot Noir (a grape that's rarely blended outside of Champagne) grown in Marlborough New Zealand on a superb terroir of windblown clay-loess over glacial alluvial shingle. Yields are restricted by shoot/bunch thinning to concentrate the fruit. After the hand harvest, the berries are crushed and fermented in open vats, with around 17% of the fruit left as "whole clusters," to add textural interest, and the rest de-stemmed. Daily plunging by hand was practised, to extract maximum colour from this naturally-pale variety, and the young wine was pressed to French oak to mature for 11 months before bottling.
Bryan and Jan Johnson established Spy Valley in the world-famous Marlborough region in the 1990s, on 320 acres of land deemed too tough, arid and barren for winegrowing. In fact, this is the perfect setting for premium wine production (if the land is too good, vines just sprout lots of lush leaves and unripe berries), and the Johnson's pioneering spirit established one of New Zealand’s most successful boutique wineries, exporting eight varieties to 35 countries today.