The colour appears dark with a deep red velvet rim against the glass. This is a captivating wine with a direct invitation to the olfactory senses. The influence of whole grape clusters in the ferment is noteworthy. They show lifted aromatics that prevent more deep, dark and stewed fruit and evoke aromas of dried thyme and oregano. We certainly see the typical “Craighall” personality appear, some of which come from the French oak barrels we allocate to this wine every year. The others are more savoury, mineral and chalk tones combined with almond paste and pipe tobacco.
The wine attempts to be structurally dominant with its muscular tannins, primarily on the front palate. Yet reason prevails with a silky soft, cushion like fruit density. This visible personality shift stems from the vineyard and is the main contribution in the decision for this single vineyard bottling. We believe this polarity is due to a different row orientation, east/west. It accentuates the tannins whilst retaining good acidity with a mixture of plum, blueberries, boysenberries and cloves. It makes for a long, tense and elastic mouthfeel. More serious and challenging compared to our Martinborough Pinot noir, and cellaring for the first three to five years of its life is advised.
Only 650 bottles produced.
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