Wednesday, October 8, 2008

Matahiwi 2006 Wairarapa Pinot Noir

We got onto this wine a few years ago courtesy of a Jeff Collerson rave.
He was right and very little has changed - even the price is the same!

Wairarapa is on the North Island of New Zealand, not far from Wellington and the winemaker is the lovely Jane Cooper who I've had the peasure of meeting a couple of times.
These are probably her notes and I've lifted from their website mainly because I love this stuff in terms of all the permutations that can come into play in winemaking. Enjoy:

"The Matahiwi vineyard is planted in several combinations of rootstock and Pinot Noir clones and this Pinot is a blend of some of these - 115, 114, 10/5, 777, Abel and 667, with each adding their own character and complexity. The 2006 vintage was a vintage showing natural low yields of about 1.5-2.0kgs per vine. This has resulted in a final wine with concentration and ideal ripeness.In the winery, the different batches of fruit are processed separately so that we can see the individual characters on their own and we add further complexities by incorporating different techniques and yeast combinations. The grapes are cold soaked for between 5 and 7 days and then fermented at about 28-32C. Depending on the fruit, post ferment time ranges from 3-10 days, before the wine is pressed off.

The wine is then aged partly in tank and partly in barrel for 10 months, undergoing malolactic fermentation, before being blended for bottling in March 2007."

RRP: $25
Our Price: $18 per bottle by the doz


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