Greenhough ‘Stone’s Throw’ Pinot Noir 2019

25.00 20.00

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20% off New Zealand

Description

A blend of clones from the organic Hope and Morison Vineyards, lightly oaked for emphasis on vibrant, red-fruited elegance.

Winemaking is very similar to that of the Hope Vineyard Pinot though there is less time on skins for some batches with a view to preserving fruit focus and moderating extraction of tannins. Similarly the level of both new and one year old oak is carefully managed so that it plays a subtle, supportive role.

Attractively aromatic with summer berry fruits, citrusy, floral notes and a lightly spiced, herbal fragrance. Suggestive of the outdoors, earth, mushroom notes evolve as the wine opens in the glass. The palate is vibrant and brightly red-fruited with a light spicy savouriness and supple structure of well-bound tannins. There is a depth in the exotic guava and quince which have a secondary, preserve-like richness. A refreshing plum-skin tanginess and chalky, minerality balances these ripper flavours.

  • Fresh, vibrant, fruity
  • 750ml
  • 13.5% Alcohol
  • Screwcap
  • Drink by 2024
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Producer: Greenhough Wines

In late 1990, a young couple left Auckland to re-settle in a rural pocket of Nelson, encouragingly named ‘Hope’. Swapping city for country life, Andrew and Jenny Greenhough took on a four hectare property determined to create something of their own. The vineyard had been partially established in the mid-70s by a pioneer amateur winemaker, heavy-cropping Muller Thurgau and green-edged Cabernet Sauvignon vines were removed, a property next door was purchased, and new Pinot Noir, Chardonnay and Sauvignon Blanc vines were planted. In 2008, Andrew and Jenny challenged themselves again, committing to organics and beginning the conversion to full BioGro NZ certification. All of the now 9 hectares are certified organic.

Nelson has a unique, sheltered climate, protected by mountain ranges to the south, east and west, with mild sea breezes from Tasman Bay to the north mitigating frosts through spring and autumn, and easing the heat in summer. Clear, cool nights preserve flavour and varietal character, letting fruit acids reduce gradually over settled autumn months; a mineral, fruit-based acidity underpins all varieties providing definition, structure and elegance. These are true wines of place, each batch an autobiography, from the sea that shaped the land to the hand that picked the grapes.

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90 Points
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate (2017 vintage) (2020)
93 Points
Bob Campbell’s Real Wine Review (2017 vintage) (2021)

Reviews

  • Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

    Joe Czerwinski (2017 vintage)

    A blend of neighbouring vineyards, the 2017 Stone’s Throw Pinot Noir is exceptionally fragrant and silky. offering up hints of smoked bacon, various savory spices, floral notes and dark berries. It’s medium-bodied, with delicate tannins that are just present enough to give the wine shape on the palate without interfering with its early consumption. Pretty and complex, it should be consumed over the next few years. 90 pts.

  • Bob Campbell’s Real Wine Review

    Bob Campbell (2017 vintage)

    Delicately-scented pinot noir with a charming fruity, floral lift. Moderately weighty on the palate with floral, red rose, dark cherry, plum and a suggestion of anise and spice. Bright acidity and peppery tannins add a little energy. Very good value at this price. 93 pts.

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