West Auckland Trust
The 2020 Pinot Noir is fragrant, appealing and aromatic. Rose petals, dark cherries and blackberries fill the nose. On the palate, a core of rounded bramble fruit, ripe boysenberry and wild strawberry is unpinned by silky tannins and fine acidity. A concentrated yet elegant wine.
The grapes are de-stemmed and put into open-top fermenters with wild yeast. Some whole bunches are included to build structure. Once the wine is pressed, it’s matured in French oak for 11 months. The final wine is an elegant, complex and fine-boned expression of Marlborough’s soils and Cloudy Bay’s vision.
Our Pinot Noir comes from the cool clay soils and rolling, north-facing slopes of Marlborough’s Southern Valleys region. The aged alluvial gravels and dense clay subsoils balance drainage and water availability to yield the region's best Pinot Noir grapes. Key blocks include the Mustang, Delta and Barracks vineyards.
“Our aim at Cloudy Bay is to allow the terroir to express itself in the wines we make – it is important to us to hear the soils, the climate, and the vintage speak in the glass. Therefore, in our vineyards, our role is to ensure that vines produce fruit of the very highest quality – and in the winery, our intention is to express that quality in the purest way. We don’t want our winemaking techniques to be louder than the voice of the vineyard.”
Jim White, 2019